St Patrick's Country
Only 20 mins drive from Oakleigh House bed and breakfast accommodation is the town of Downpatrick named in the memory of St Patrick.
Saint Patrick began his missionary work after his boat was swept into Strangford Lough by strong currents. Patrick had come brimming with missionary enthusiasm intent on bringing the Christian faith to the northern Irish, the Scotii, not already converted. The local chief gave him a barn and for some 30yrs he converted the Irish to Christianity. He died at Saul in 461 and was buried in Downpatrick.
The St. Patrick Centre, Downpatrick
The World Centre for Saint Patrick is located beside St Patrick's grave, Down Cathedral and Down Museum in the town of Downpatrick named after the saint. It is two hours north of Dublin and 30 minutes from Belfast between the Mourne mountains and Strangford Lough. It provides a multimedia exhibition and IMAX theatre which tells the story of the life and times of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The centre provides ample parking, a gift shop, art gallery, cafe and tourist information www.saintpatrickcentre.com