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A little background on the real St. Patrick

Hello, my name is Padraig Mac Mahoona.

Well, that's what I'm called by the Gaelic speakers of Ireland. I'm grateful it eventually became Pat McMahon because that's so much easier to remember for a broadcast audience.

This Sunday, March 17, my patron saint, St. Patrick, will once again be honored around the world, that is if you consider it an honor to memorialize a holy historical figure by getting fall-down drunk and throwing up green stuff.

His real life was so much more exciting than that. For example, though he was born in England around 385, he was actually Italian by birth, at least as much of Italy as there was before 400. His father was an important and influential Roman. Strange, isn't it, that corned beef lasagna never really caught on. At 16, St. Patrick was actually captured by pirates, which may explain in some of his early portraits his remarkable resemblance to Johnny Depp. He escaped his captors and eventually wound up in Ireland where he converted all the druids to Christianity, which certainly blew the Stonehenge-Dublin idea.

Sunday, the whole world becomes Irish and to the world this Irishman says, "caed mille fáilte," or "a hundred thousand welcomes."

I'm Pat McMahon.

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About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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