Saint Patrick Visitor Centre – Downpatrick

Saint Patrick Centre and Museum

Saint Patrick Centre and Museum (photo by Saint Patrick Centre)

Content is collated from various websites

The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland’s patron saint.

‘Ego Patricius’ – The Story of Saint Patrick

The exhibition explores the legacy of Saint Patrick, ancient and modern, and recalls the saint’s own story – in his own words.

A series of interactive displays allow visitors to explore how Saint Patrick’s legacy developed in early Christian times and reveals the fabulous artwork and metalwork which was produced during this Golden Age.

Visitors enter the museum by crossing a “Time Bridge” that takes them back to the world of fifth-century Ireland.  At the time Ireland was on the edge of the known world, home to a people considered as dangerous and unpredictable as the terrain on which they lived.

The exhibition also examines the major impact of Irish missionaries in Europe between the fifth and ninth centuries, a legacy which remains to this day.

The Centre provides a cross-community Education Programme all year round for school groups of all ages, and adult community groups based on the life of Patrick.

A Restaurant, shop, conference facilities and art gallery are available on site.

The Ulster History Circle have erected a Blue Plaque at the centre dedicated to the Scholar, poet and bishop, Aodh Mac Aingil 1571-1626. Mac Aingil was tutor to the sons of Hugh O’Neill, and was sent as special messenger to the Court of Spain to solicit aid for the Ulster forces.

He entered the Franciscan order, and in 1626 the Pope nominated him Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, but he died of a fever before he could return.

For further information on the St. Patrick Centre, please visit www.saintpatrickcentre.com