Somebody just asked me if I had ever met St. Patrick. I have. Here's the story: the saint appears in a dream, speaking in several tongues, and confesses the many sins he has committed against the Irish.
My concern about the Patrick Story is that it is much more than a simple harmless myth that allows the Irish to celebrate our identity. I believe it is a very powerful myth loaded with meaning and images that has been created and used to mould how the Irish see themselves and by that allowed others to manipulate and control us.