Where is St. Patrick buried? Is it a place of pilgrimage for Irish Catholics?

Was this early Bishop who is a canonized regular saint buried in an Irish cathedral? Did he die elsewhere and is buried elsewhere?

Thanks for your informative Yahoo! answer to a non-Catholic who is not Irish by family ancestry

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Down Cathedral (former monastery) - -

    here's some "history" at the Down website

    Patrick's two principal biographers, Muirch and Tirechan, both writing some centuries later, take up the story. We are told that Patrick landed first on the coast of Wicklow and from there travelled northwards as far as Strangford Lough where he landed at the mouth of the River Slaney near Saul.

    Here he met the local chieftain, Dichu, whom he converted to Christianity and who gave him a barn as his first church. The present Church of Ireland church at Saul, 2 miles distant from Down Cathedral, was built in 1932 to commemorate the fifteen hundredth anniversary of Patrick's arrival. Patrick spent many years travelling among the Irish, converting the people to Christianity, consecrating bishops and founding churches as he went.

    Many years later, nearing the end of his life, he returned to Saul but let it be known that he wished to die in Armagh. He began to make his way there, but was interrupted, however, by the angel Victor telling him to return to Saul. There, in his last moments, he was tended by Bishop Tassach of Raholp. Muirchu describes his burial with tremendous sense of drama: 'Let two untamed oxen be chosen and let them go wherever they will with the cart that carries your body and wherever they stand still, there a church in honour of your body shall be erected . . . untamed oxen were chosen and they steadily drew the cart containing the holy body placed on their necks and, guided by the will of God, they went out to Dun Lethglaisse (Down) where Patrick lies buried.'

    One cannot be certain of the exact spot of his burial, but the Memorial Stone, put in position by the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club in 1900, traditionally marks his grave. It is a slab of granite from the nearby Mourne Mountains.

    Source(s): www.downcathedral.org/
  • St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.

  • 1 decade ago

    there are a lot of irish secrets. no one knows the EXACT location, however most believe he was buried at 'Dun-leth-Glaisse'.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.