The Engaging Ireland Podcast

Providing travel tips, guides to places of interest, interviews and all things Ireland – Hosted by Travis and Kathy Nelson

Ep. 36 – In The Footsteps of Patrick – Continued

 

Mamean - Photo by Espresso Addict

In this episode, we bring you more sites associated with the Patron Saint of Ireland. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Balintubber Abbey Website: www.ballintubberabbey.ie/

Tochar Phadraig Website: www.heritagecouncil.ie/landscape/initiatives/the-pilgrim-paths/tochar-phadraig/

The Western Way: www.irishtrails.ie/trail/western-way–gal-/37/

Christopher Sommervile Walk of the Week: www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/walk-of-the-week-mamean-connemara-co-galway-26574913.html

Altadaven Wood: www.voicesfromthedawn.com/st-patricks-chair-and-well/

The Rock of Cashel: www.cashel.ie

Saint Patrick’s Well: pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/2014/04/12/st-patricks-holy-well-at-marlfield-clonmel

 

The closing song, sung by Kate, is “Old Irish Blessing,” written by Denes Agay.

 

 

 

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Ep. 29 – In the Footsteps of Patrick

Hill of Slane

In this episode, we follow in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, paying a visit to a few of the key sights connected with Ireland’s patron saint. Below you will find links to a variety of resources providing information about the sites included in this show.

 

Info about Slemish Mountain from Discover Northern Ireland:

www.discovernorthernireland.com/Slemish-Mountain-Blaaymena-P1727

 

To get to Slemish: take the A42 Carnlaugh road from Ballymena towards Carnlaugh/Glenarm on the Antrim Coast (or vice versa). About 7 miles outside Ballymena and to the right of the road is the little village of Buckna. Just outside it is Carnstroan Lane which will take you to the car park at the foot of Mountain.

 

Saints and Stones: Saul Church, County Down

http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-saulchurch-journey.htm

 

To get to Saul Church: From Downpatrick, follow the A25 to Strangford. Turn right onto Mearne Road. At the crossroads, turn right following the signpost for the church.

 

Hill of Slane:

http://www.meath.ie/Tourism/Heritage/HeritageSites/HillofSlane/

 

Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croagh_Patrick

 

Visitor’s Centre for Croagh Patrick

http://www.croagh-patrick.com/

Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from Westport on the R335 road. The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Teach na Miasa, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s path at the base of Croagh Patrick mountain and opposite the National Famine Monument.

 

Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. It is approximately 92 km from Galway City and 230 km from Dublin City. The main pilgrimage route originates in the village of Murrisk, 8km outside Westport. Westport is served by both bus and train from Dublin and Galway. The Croagh Patrick Information Centre is a further 8 km west of the town of Westport.

 

Normally, it takes about two hours for the average person to reach the summit, and one and a half hours to descend. What equipment is necessary for the climb? It is advisable to take sturdy footwear, rainwear and some drinking water. Climbing sticks are for sale at the Centre.

 

The Centre provides the following facilities: restaurant, information services, guided tours of the mountain, packed lunches, secure lockers, craft shop, shower facilities (for a nominal fee).

What are the Centre’s business hours? Spring Season (April and May) 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. High Season (June through August) 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. Shoulder Season (September and October) 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Low Season (November through March) Limited opening hours. Please e-mail info@croagh-patrick.com for details. If you’re interested in possibly joining a group pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, call on this number for more information: +353 (0) 98 28871.

 

Discover Ireland website:

http://www.discoverireland.com/us/ireland-things-to-see-and-do/listings/product/?fid=fi_1660

Directions: Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from Westport on the R335 road. The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Teach na Miasa, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s path at the base of Croagh Patrick mountain and opposite the National Famine Monument.

Note: Croagh Patrick is a high mountain and is a difficult climb, so those climbing it should be prepared. It is advisable to wear solid footwear and bring good clothing, a stick and mobile phone. It can get very cold on top of the mountain and weather conditions can change during the course of the climb.

Pilgrimages: For group pilgrimage enquiries call: +353 (0) 98 28871

Opening Details: Opening Details Public access to the mountain. Visitor Centre open daily from St Patrick’s Day through to October.

 

Jim Burns’ account of his amazing, but harrowing climb on Croagh Patrick.

http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/Mayo/Towns/WestPort/burns.htm

 

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, County Armagh info came from here:

http://www.stpatricks-cathedral.org/visitor-guide/

 

April – October: 9.00am – 5.00pm

November – March: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Group tours must be pre-arranged with the Cathedral Steward.

 

As the Cathedral receives no state funding visitors are invited to make a small donation to assist with the preservation of this historic building. The suggested amount is £3 for adults or £2 concession.

 

Sunday Services

10.00am Holy Communion – (Said – No sermon or hymns) Traditional Form except 2nd Sunday

11.00am Sung Eucharist – Choral Matins 2nd Sunday, Contemporary Form

3.15pm Choral Evensong – Sung Eucharist 2nd Sunday, Traditional Form

 

Weekday Services (Monday – Saturday)

9.30am Said Matins

12.30pm Celtic Eucharist – 1st Wednesday of each month

 

St. Tassach’s Church, Raholp, Co. Down

http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-tassach-journey.htm

 

Down Cathedral

http://www.downcathedral.org/ 

 

+44 (0) 28 4461 4922
+44 (0) 28 4461 4456
info@downcathedral.org
www.downcathedral.org

 

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_Cathedral

 

From Visit Downpatrick website”

http://www.visitdownpatrick.com/

 

Opening Hours:-
Monday – Saturday – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday – 2.pm to 5.00pm

 

 

Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick

http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/

+44 (0)28 4461 9000

+44 (0)28 4461 9111

 

Opening Hours:

January – December

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday Closed
St. Patrick’s Day 9am – 7pm

July – August

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm

The Centre is located on the Market Street, in Downpatrick’s town centre.

Travel by Bus and Rail from Belfast:

The local Ulsterbus service regularly goes twice an hour from Belfast to Downpatrick. The Europa Bus Centre is located in Glengal Street beside the Opera House and behind the Europa Hotel. The journey takes just over an hour and the Centre is a 2 minute walk from Downpatrick Bus Station. See the Ulsterbus timetable for more details about your specific journey.

Travel by Bus and Rail from Dublin to Downpatrick:

Regular services run from Dublin Connolly Station the Dublin Busaras bus station and Dublin Airport. A connection can be made in Newry or a rail and bus connection through Belfast. The Centre is a 2 minute walk from Downpatrick Bus Station.

 

Travelling by Road from Dublin:

Take the M1 North to Dundalk, the N1 to Newry, enter the town and take the A25 to Downpatrick through Hilltown and Castlewellan.

Travelling by Road from Belfast:

Take the A24 out of Belfast heading for Newcastle and the A7 to Downpatrick through Carryduff, Saintfield and Crossgar.

 

Adults £ 4.95

Children £ 2.55

Concession £ 3.35

Family £11.75
(2 Adults & 2 Children)

Adult Groups £ 3.30
(25 or more)

Children’s Groups £ 2.25
(25 or more)

Senior Citizen Groups £ 2.70

Education Group £ 3.50

Auditorium Only £ 2.15

 

 

Assorted links to information about Saint Patrick:

Jump into Ireland Blog about St. Patrick’s Trail

http://blog.discoverireland.com/2011/02/st-patricks-trail-ireland/

 

The Catholic Church’s information about St. Patrick

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=89

 

St Patrick’s Cathedral – Armagh and its link to Patrick

http://www.stpatricks-cathedral.org/cathedral-history/

 

 

A recreation of Saint Patrick’s legendary journey

From Pocket Britain

http://www.pocketbritain.com/StPatricksTrail.html

 

The Real St. Patrick, Bishop of Ireland

by Fr. Kristopher and Matushka Elizabeth Dowling

http://celticchristianity.org/library/patrick.html

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Engaging Ireland – Episode 18 – St. Patrick: Separating the Life from the Legend

St. Patrick Window - Christchurch, Dublin

St. Patrick Window - Christchurch, Dublin

In anticipation of Saint Patrick’s Day, we briefly explore the life and legend of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.

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Episode 16 – An Interview with Dr. Tim Campbell

Saint Patrick Centre (Courtesy Lancastrian)

Saint Patrick Centre (Courtesy Lancastrian)

Episode 16 ñ Interview with Dr. Tim Campbell
Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a few moments during Milwaukee Irish Fest 2009, and he told us about the Centre and several of its programs, which include local outreach events and an international ambassador program.
The following information appears on the centreís website (http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/):
The Centre is an exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s Patron Saint. Through Patrick’s own words a light is shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his mission. A series of interactive displays allow visitors to explore how Patrick’s legacy developed in early Christian times and reveal the fabulous artwork and metalwork which was produced during this Golden Age. The exhibition also examines the major impact of Irish missionaries in Dark Age Europe – a legacy which remains to this day.
The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World†dedicated to†Ireland’s Patron Saint and one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland. Situated in the heart of Saint Patrick’s Country, beside Down Cathedral and Patrick’s Grave,†we are just 2 hours north of Dublin and 40 mins south of Belfast. The Centre provides a cutting edge interactive exhibition about the life and legacy of Patrick and is a central hub on the new Saint Patrick’s Trail through Counties Armagh and Down. As a non-profit organisation we provide reconciliation†education programs to thousands of children in Northern Ireland every year as well as†running cross border and international youth programs. The Friends of Saint Patrick is a support†organisation which is growing around the World to make people aware of our work and the new Northern Ireland.
Bernd Biegeís article (and many others about travel to Ireland) on About.com can be found at http://goireland.about.com/od/countydown/gr/patrick_centre.htm.

Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a few moments during Milwaukee Irish Fest 2009, and he told us about the Centre and several of its programs, which include local outreach events and an international ambassador program.

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