Journey back to the earliest days of Irish Christianity, following the footsteps of Saint Patrick himself, through the beautiful countryside of an area which Ireland’s patron saint knew so well. In mystical islands, ancient burial grounds, charming country parks, historic towns and wild bogland alike, you’ll find a series of atmospheric sacred sites and buildings that tell the story of the development of Christianity in Ireland.
Follow Saint Patrick’s Trail along what is believed to be the ancient road that once linked Armagh and Coney Island and discover the find site of the Annaloiste Bell on Oxford Island, where the ancient burial ground marks the site where one of Ireland’s earliest churches once stood. Saint Patrick is thought to have founded a church by the old burial ground at Donaghcloney too.
Lurgan was the site of the first meeting of the Quakers in Ireland. The Quakers were important contributors to the linen industry. Many Quakers emigrated from Lurgan including James Logan who became secretary to William Penn.
Other Christian Heritage sites in the locality include:
The Annaloiste Bell - Oxford Island
Coney Island – Maghery
Lisnamintry Rath – Lisnamintry
Lynastown Quaker Cemetery – Moyraverty
Magheralin Old Church
Maghernagaw Church – Derrymore
Maghery & St. Patrick’s Trail
The Old Burial Ground – Oxford Island
The Old Church Site – Oxford Island
Shankill Graveyard – Lurgan
Old Seagoe Church – Portadown
Waterside House – Oxford Island