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Devenish Island Monastic Site, County Fermanagh

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.

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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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.

Bodoney (Badoney) Church, Plumbridge, Omagh

The present St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland parish church at Bodoney (known locally as Badoney), built in 1784, is thought to occupy the site of an early Christian monastery.

Church Island on Lough Beg, Magherafelt

Church Island is a small island on Lough Beg - 1.5 miles from Bellaghy. On a visit to the island you will discover the ruins of an old church with no spire.

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.

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.

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