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Refugee Crisis

2016 and 2017 have seen a deepening refugee crisis, sparked in part by people fleeing the destruction of the Syrian civil war. Millions of people have fled war-torn regions of Iraq,, Syria, and Somalia for Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and increasingly flooding into Europe. These have been joined by people from elsewhere in Northern and Central Africa seeking better economic conditions.


Statue of St Patrick on Slieve Patrick, Saul, County Down, Northern Ireland, August 2009 (viewed from St Patrick's Parish Church, Saul)
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Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, died 461 C.E.

Saint Patrick, the 5th century missionary and bishop and patron saint of Ireland, is believed to have died on March 17th in 461 C.E. in Saul, Downpatrick, County Down, Republic of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day is a feast day of the Catholic Church and a public holiday in Ireland but is celebrated around the world as a day commemorating Irish heritage and culture.