- Saul, County Down
Saul (in Irish: "Sabhall", ie a barn) is a small
villagein County Down, Northern Ireland. It is situated about 2 miles outside Downpatrick. Saul is situated in the Down District Councilarea.
Places of interest
Saul Church, a replica of an early church with a round tower, is built on the reputed spot of St Patrick's first sermon and church in Ireland. When St Patrick came to Ireland in 432strong currents swept his boat through the Strangford Loughtidal narrows and he landed where the Slaney Riverflows into the lough. The local chieftain, Dichu was quickly converted and gave him a barn ("sabhal" pronounced 'saul' in Gaelic) for holding services. St Patrick died in Saul on 17 March 461and is buried in nearby Downpatrick.
*Close by, on the crest of
Slieve Patrickhill is a massive statue of Patrick where bronze panels illustrate scenes from the life of Ireland's Patron saint.
*The village and the area are steeped in Irish and Christian history and it is noted that Christianity developed there under Saint Patrick's teachings when he plucked a
shamrockfrom the fertile Saul soil and explained the Holy Trinity through its three leaves. It can be strongly argued that Saul was the ecclesiastical centre in Ireland at that time.
*Local large families in the area included the Fitzsimons, Ritchies, Hamptons, Hamills, Moores and Hayes.
* [http://www.geographia.com/northern-ireland/ukidwn03.htm Geographia - St Patricks Country]
* [http://www.downdc.gov.uk/template1.asp?parent=133&pid=226&area=4&aNAme=Council Down District Council]
* [http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/town_Home.aspx?co=7&to=172&ca=0&sca=0&navID=1 Culture Northern Ireland]
* [http://www.saul-gac.com/ St Patricks Gaelic Athletic Club, Saul]
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