Up to County Down and Downpatrick.
Photos by Michael Kennedy

County Down is Northern Ireland's biggest population center; Belfast is hereSo is Downpatrick, the home of the St. Patrick Center, entrance shown hereInside the St. Patrick Center is a well-done museum presenting his major writingSt. Patrick's Confession is one of the major works of early Christendom
The museum presents the saint's words and illustrations of his timesAt the end of the museum tour there's an excellent Imax-format film of St. Patrick's life and influenceThe cathedral on the hill above the museumIt's the on the site of St. Patrick's first church after coming to Ireland as a missionary
St. Patrick's grave is hereIts marking, a simple granite boulder,  is understatedAlso interred here are Ireland's other two most important saints, Bridget and ColumbaThe nearby Mountains of Mourne are a major natural landmark of Ulster

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