St Patrick’s Grave

St Patrick’s Grave

On Tuesday, 22nd September, I had occasion to visit Downpatrick, Co.Down, and after I’d completed my work there I went for a walk around the grounds of Downpatrick Cathedral.  Unfortunately the cathedral building was closed, so no interior shots, but there were plenty of visitors and tourists around the building and in the adjoining churchyard, for Downpatrick is the (alleged) burial place of Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick.  

So, Nikon F100, and Ilford film, and a little patience to wait for a lull in the tourists, and a few decent shots emerged from the visit:-

Nearby is the old ‘Southwell School’ – a building originally built in 1733 by Lord Southwell as a school and an almshouse for the poor.  It’s entrance features a lovely arched passage with garden beyond.

Southwell School
Southwell School

Opposite Southwell School is the Museum, situated in what was originally the Gaol.

Downe County Museum
Downe County Museum

St Patrick of course is a very famous Irishman, who chased all the snakes out of Ireland, and invented the Shamrock hat which is worn at all Irish events.  Or is that someone else entirely?  For information on the REAL Patrick, read my article on The Salty Scrivener…

http://saltyscrivener.uk/2013/03/19/the-real-st-patrick/