Patrick was brought to Ireland as a slave and taken to County Antrim where he was sold to a local landowner, Meliuc, who put him to work as a shepherd. For six long years Patrick lived upon Slemish mountain, Ballymena with only his sheep for company. The land was bleak and the conditions harsh but Patrick found solace in the faith that his people had abandoned.
One night he heard a voice calling to him, telling him that the time had come to escape. It told him, “See, your ship is ready.” Patrick knew that he had to travel south to seek the ship God had told him of. He travelled for 200 miles until he came to Wexford where, sure enough, a boat heading for Britain was waiting.