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Christian Heritage

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

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.

17247_Devenish_IslandMonastery 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. 


20976_Saul_ChurchThe 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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St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry/Derry

Dominating the skyline on all approaches to the city of Londonderry is Saint Columb's Cathedral, which has stood on its prominent site inside the famous walls of Derry since 1633. Dedicated to the name of Saint Columba (Columb)

Killevy (Killeavy) Old Churches, Killeavy, Newry

The site contains two early churches situated back to back. Even earlier, it was the site of a monastery founded by St. Moninna (517) as one of the most important monasteries for nuns in Medieval Ireland.

Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast

Complete with bell and cast iron fountains, this Victorian cemetery was opened in 1869 as Belfast's first cross-denominational burial ground. Download a Heritage Trail to help you uncover and explore this fascinating site.

St Aidan's Church and Holy Well, Limavady

An inscribed stone cross at Duncrun marks the site of St Patrick's Monastery and the Roman Catholic church there is dedicated to St Aidan (C6) whose tomb stands near the old church ruins.

Bangor Abbey, Bangor

Founded in 558AD the main body of the building dates from 1830's, the tower from 15th century and steeple dates around 1693. Interesting gravestones include a memorial to the assistant surgeon of the Titanic, local man John Edward Simpson.

Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Belfast

St Anne's Cathedral was consecrated in 1904. It contains mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The Spire was added in 2006. A modest entry charge applies though Cathedral is free for private prayer.

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