Today, we're all Irish.
St. Patrick Revealed
The man behind the green beer and myth.
By David Plotz
Posted Friday, March 16, 2007, at 7:12 AM ET
On March 17, revelers will drink green beer (and eat corned beef) in celebration of the man who, according to David Plotz, "didn't rid the land of snakes, didn't compare the Trinity to the shamrock, and wasn't even Irish." In a 2000 piece reproduced below, Plotz stripped the myth away from St. Patrick, evaluating the many different popular incarnations that have arisen in the years since his birth.
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