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On the odd occasion, such as the reign of Brian Boru (1002-1014), one of the provincial kings would claim the high kingship over all Ireland, based at the ancient site of Tara in County Meath.

This high kingship was never uncontested or of any lasting significance.

It is likely that St Patrick received his spiritual instruction in the south of France, at the monastery of Lérins.

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His teaching was strongly Trinitarian and nature-based and upon this theology the Irish Church would be built.

In contrast to many of later Non-Orthodox missionaries, he displayed a notable respect for the native spirituality and traditions that he encountered on the Emerald Isle.

It is generally believed that St Patrick brought the Christian Faith to Ireland, his traditional title being Apostle of the Irish.

Without wishing to diminish St Patrick’s importance in any way, it is relevant to point out that in 431 St Palladius was sent to Ireland by St Celestine I Pope of Rome, as the first bishop of the Emerald Isle, with the task of administering the sacraments ‘to the Irish who professed Christ’.

There must therefore have been numbers of Christians in Ireland by the time St Patrick arrived in the following year.

Furthermore, the Apostle of the Irish admitted in a letter that the law of God was well planted in Ireland ‘in days of old’, and that he did not wish to take credit for the work of his predecessors.Through the dedication and perseverance of St Patrick and his successors, Ireland became a bastion of Christianity.As a matter of fact, the Irish Church was to remain faithful to Orthodox Christianity for several centuries to come, while the rest of the Western Church, especially from the late eighth century, began increasingly to deviate from the ancient Orthodox Christian Faith.Instead of exiling or killing the druids for being ‘pagan’, he converted them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.In this way, an Irish Christianity came into being that, to the canonical extent possible, was in harmony with pre-Christian spirituality.At the top were the druids, bards, lawmen and doctors, while the slaves at the base of the system had no rights.

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