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St. Patrick’s Bell

Legend says that after St Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights, he threw a bell from the top of the mountain to the land below.  It hit a demon on the way down and drove all the snakes from Ireland (snakes being symbolic of his converting the pagans to Christianity).  On his travels, Patrick left a disciple in each place with a bell to call the people to prayer.  A tinsmith traveled with him forging the bells as needed.  The original bell is in the National Museum of Ireland.

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