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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)

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.

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.

Killevy (Killeavy) Old Churches, 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.

First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre, Londonderry/Derry

Explore the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre and discover the compelling, and often surprising story of First Derry Presbyterian Church that has been at the heart of its community since the 17th century.

Devenish Island Monastic Site, Co. Fermanagh, Enniskillen

Famous for its perfect 12th-century round tower and ruined Augustinian abbey, Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands.

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