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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.

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)

Creggan Parish Church, Graveyard and Visitors Centre, Crossmaglen, Newry

The church on this site was probably founded with the arrival of the O’Neills around 1450, who built their castle at Glassdrummond.

Grey Abbey, Greyabbey, Newtownards

Grey Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey church and its living quarters were founded in 1193 by Affreca wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster.

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.

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.

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.

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