> I believe Christians arrived from Britain at least a century before
> Padraig, but it was Padraig who took all the credit.
Aw, Danielle, not quite fair on Paddy! He was given all the credit
much later. He didn't take it himself. In fact, he was a modest
fella, judging by his writings.
Yes, there were Christians in Ireland before Patrick, but we don't
know for how long they were here before he arrived on his mission.
Some were carried over as slaves but others may
have been Irish traders who adopted Christianity in Britain or Gaul,
or possibly British or continental natives who settled in Ireland.