Scholar believes St. Patrick in Ireland earlier than 5th century

Celtic scholar and linguist Daniel Melia believes that St. patrick may have preached his message to the Irish 50 years earlier than previously believed. The earlier time period would place the saint within provincial Roman society rather than during tribal invasions.

Melia, who was also a Jeopardy winner, says, "It has implications for the development of Christianity in Ireland, which takes longer than if Patrick comes in the 5th century. What's more, the earlier Patrick would have been a contemporary of two other early church fathers, St. Augustine and St. Jerome."