As one of the 2% of the Irish who no longer believes in the R.C. God he was baptized for, I offer an historical note. The Ulster Museum in Belfast celebrated the "alleged" 1500th birthday of the elusive snake charmer with an exhibition whose principal point was that St. Patrick was just an also ran bishop until a Norman duke invented the cult we recognize on March 17 to pacify his fractious peasants.
That was something to ponder as I passed through the metal detectors at the Airport Novotel. I was tempted to bless myself as I landed at the front desk, safely.