Dromore High Cross

Saint Patrick's legacy is enshrined in our churches, cathedrals and historic sites including abbeys, high crosses and round towers


Renowned for converting Ireland to Christianity centuries ago, today St Patrick still fascinates as one of the most enduring of all the saints. His profile remains iconic and international, even inspiring the greatest buildings and landmarks on the planet to 'go green' in honour of St Patrick's Day.

Through history, myth and legend, Patrick's legacy is still carved into the land where he found his saintly mission. To this day his influence and impact breathes within the landscapes, culture and people of St Patrick's heartland. This is Patrick's world: ancient, poignant and rejuvenating.

Walk in his footsteps amid the solitude and beauty of Slemish Mountain. Visit his grave in the grounds of Down Cathedral, and explore Patrick's capital, Armagh, where two majestic cathedrals bear his name.

Churches, monasteries and early Celtic churches were built across Ireland in the centuries after Patrick's death.  High crosses in Ardboe and Donaghmore, County Tyrone, Tynan in County Armagh and Kilbroney in County Down demonstrate ninth and tenth stone depictions of biblical scenes.

 

Monastery ruins include Nendrum, Inch Abbey and Grey Abbey in County Down, and Devenish Island on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, also home to an impressive round tower. 

The sites of some present day churches and cathedrals were chosen as links to places of earlier Christian worship.  Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh stands where Patrick's original church was built.  The church in Saul is on the same site as Patrick's first church in Ireland.

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