The patron saint of Ireland, Patrick, began life as a Roman boy living somewhere in Britain - until he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and brought to the Emerald Isle. Today he is remembered annually on March 17th with festivals and pilgrimages; and many sites across Ireland are associated with his life and works. This tour focuses on sites with a ‘Patrick-connection’ in County Down where he arrived on his mission to bring Christianity to the pagan Irish in the year 432 AD. The scenic day-trip includes visits to Patrick’s first church at Saul, his healing wells at Struell, the impressive St Patrick’s Visitor Centre, the saint’s grave, and a beautiful medieval Cathedral in the town which bears his name - ‘Downpatrick’. It also includes a ferry trip across Strangford Lough and visits to some early ecclesiastical sites of interest.
St Patrick’s Country
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