It’s fair to say that St Patrick is one of the world’s most popular saints, with millions of people celebrating his feast day every year on March 17th. In today’s blog we are paying homage to Ireland’s patron saint by taking a photo tour of some of the areas St Patrick is said to have visited during his lifetime.
Lough Derg, County Donegal
Lough Derg is featured in two stories relating to St Patrick; the first sees him chasing the last of the snakes from Ireland here, before turning the lake red with its blood and the second story is about Christ revealing the entrance to hell inside a cave nearby.
Saul Church, County Down
St Patrick spent his time in Ireland converting pagans to Christianity, one of these converts then donated a barn to St Patrick so he could hold his services there. This small barn is now known as Saul Church and it is where St Patrick spent the last years leading up to his death in 461AD.
Croagh Patrick, County Mayo
St Patrick is said to have made a pilgrimage to the top of this sacred mountain 40 days before Easter in 441AD, once at the top St Patrick spent 40 days there fasting and praying. Now, on the last Sunday of July, also known as Reek Sunday, over 3,000 people make the pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick barefoot!
The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
The Rock of Cashel is where St Patrick supposedly baptised the mighty king of Munster, Aenghus. It is also said that during the baptism, St Patrick accidentally stabbed Kind Aenghus in the foot with a crozier.
Hill of Slane, County Meath
It is said that St Patrick lit a huge fire on the Hill of Slane in protest of a pagan feast. The high king was not impressed but St Patrick convinced him that the Christian God was far more powerful than his old gods by performing miracles and using the tree-leafed shamrock as an example of Christianity.
St Patrick’s Well, County Tipperary
During his travels across Ireland, St Patrick is said to have stopped here to bath and baptise the local people before continuing on his journey.
Slemish Mountain, County Antrim
When St Patrick was just a boy, he was captured by pirates and brought from his home in Wales to Ireland, where he worked as a slave herding sheep on Slemish Mountain. Although St Patrick spent a tough six years on this mountain, it was also where he found consolation in God.