St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Our annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations gather visitors of all denominations from Ireland and abroad.

Irish dance at the Festival Service
Irish dance at the Festival Service

The day begins with a service of Holy Communion at Saul on the site of Patrick’s first church, followed by a prayer pilgrimage to Down Cathedral. The pilgrims are greeted by a bagpiper at the bottom of the Mall then piped to the cathedral doors and into the narthex where traditional music is playing. 

They join other worshippers for the Festival Service which has a different theme and guest speaker each year. After the service, a wreath is laid at the traditional site of St Patrick’s grave before we serve a ‘Picnic in the Pews’.

The day has a decidedly Celtic flavour and a great atmosphere. If you haven’t been before, do come and join us!

Prayer Pilgrimage Walk inspired by St Patrick

Filmed amidst the stunning scenery surrounding Downpatrick, pilgrim Glynis Matchett leads us in prayer as we reflect on Patrick’s faith and passion for the Gospel. Glynis’ route takes her from Saul to the Mearne Well, along the banks of the Quoile and onto the Mound of Down. From there she walks to Patrick’s traditional resting place at Down Cathedral where she is welcomed by Dean Henry Hull.