Maewyn Succat was a boy born to Roman parents, kidnapped as a teenager and sent into slavery in Ireland to tend on sheep in county Antrim. That was a long time ago and few, if any, will recall what happened with the youngster next in life, as his name is not exactly etched in folklore.
Being a fluent Irish speaker was next on the list for the brave Maewyn and then priest hood followed.
Although poor Maewyn became ultra religious and was credited with changing the Irish to beign Christians as well as banishing the country of snakes before later being given the name of St. Patrick, history still states that he was forced into Ireland rather than being there of choice.
Tony Mangan is no saint. Nor is he a sheep herder. Still though, he does cover the amount of ground on foot as a sheep herder would have attempted back in the days prior to automation.
In November 2013 Tony`s feet found him in Myanmar and Burma in the eastern part of the world. Here he was welcomed by Buddist monks and although the area was a latent to the democratic process Tony was fed well, allowed to run unhindered and felt the joys of being warmly cherished as anywhere he had experienced and even the best of places in the world. Although at that time he understood why his entering into this country may offend some of his international followers (due to it being a country that was only new to democracy) his experience there rebuffed any claims of the people being unfair or anything but open to his arrival.
As said, Tony is a layman and this disqualifies him from his likeness with St. Patrick or the monks. Unlike St. Patrick, Tony, in this past week or so, choose to enter into his latest city of Mount Isa in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia.
In he strolled and before he knew it he was swarmed by many Irish people which were a very welcome diversion from the long lonely road that he is now so used to after over two years stepping it out around the world.
Although Tony Mangan is no saint, his personality will have surely banished any sneaky behaviour from Mount Isa as his open and expanding travel blogging and vloging brings light to another town who showed him a céad míle fáilte and a truly Christian welcome.