5 interesting facts about Saint Patrick
2. Never drove out snakes
According to legend, in the fifth century, Saint Patrick miraculously banned snakes from Ireland, driving out the ones that were there.
However, as noted by a 2014 article by National Geographic, this is unlikely given that the island Patrick is associated with never had a snake population in the first place.
"Snakes likely couldn't reach Ireland," noted National Geographic. "Other reptiles didn't make it either, except for one: the common or viviparous lizard. Ireland's only native reptile ..."