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There's Something About Patrick

Thursday, 14 March, 10.15pm on RT One

Every year on March 17th millions of people worldwide take to the streets to celebrate our Patron Saint - he banished snakes, brought Christianity to Ireland and explained it with shamrock, all the while dressed in green, carrying a gold crozier and sporting a flowing beard that would make Santa jealous.. But in reality - he was probably a Welshman, there were never any snakes to banish, the shamrock was more likely a pagan symbol, St Patrick's colour was blue and Christianity reached Ireland while Patrick was still a slave on an Irish hillside. So who is the real St Patrick and is he worth raising a glass to this March 17th?

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT PATRICK will see one of Ireland's top comedians, Neil Delamere, travel the length and breadth of the country (and beyond) to meet experts, historians and St Patrick's Day revellers, to discover the truth about our Patron Saint. Along the way he'll take to the stand-up stage to share his hilarious and often irreverent observations about St Patrick, while comedy sketches starring some of Ireland's best comedic talent, will show us an entirely new side to the Patrick we thought we knew.

Not content to just separate the truth about Patrick from the myth, Neil will physically get to grips with life in Ireland during Patrick's time. He'll experience pagan customs, wrangle snakes, get kidnapped and taken across rough seas, climb Croagh Patrick barefoot, eat, dress and travel like Patrick, all in an attempt to figure out the man behind the Mitre.

There's Something About Patrick
  • RT One, Thursday, 10.15pm