Exhibition

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The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland's Patron Saint. Through Patrick's own words a light is shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his Mission.  Internationally renowned Irish actor, Ciaran Hinds famous for his work in Harry Potter, Road to Perdition and Game of Thrones, gives a voice to Saint Patrick and narrates us through his life and adventures from his boyhood in Roman Britain to his captivity by Irish pirates, his slavery on Slemish Mountain and escape.  Our IMAX cinema, bold graphics, sculpture combined with video and audio techniques allows visitors to explore Patrick's life and the major impact of Irish Missionaries on dark Age Europe - a legacy which lasts to this day.

The Exhibition

1

Saint Patrick's World

First sectionThe exhibition opens with an exploration of Patrick's Roman background and the world to which he would come - that of Celtic Ireland - literally 'a land at the end of the World'.

2

Six Years A Shepherd

Exhibition first partPatrick introduces himself through his writings - the first words ever written in Ireland. Patrick describes how he was captured as a boy and sold into slavery in Ireland. His voice is uniquely brought to life by award-winning Irish Actor Cairan Hinds.

3

At Sea

Boat

Patrick escapes Ireland with sailors who were to become his first converts.

4

The Journey and Return

exhibit1After months of travel and hardship Patrick returns to his parents and becomes a Cleric. Eventually one day he is called back to Ireland as a missionary - the place of his childhood nightmares.

5

God Before Me

Maze

Discover the Mission of Patrick and those who sought to hijack his work and bring him home to Britain.

6

Hagiographers

HagLearn about the monastic 'spin doctors' who wrote about Patrick's life and turned him into an early Christian Superhero. Then hear modern academics give their take on the 'Real' Saint Patrick.


Planning a Visit

Planning a Visit

You will need around an hour to visit the entire exhibition or 25 minutes to see the IMAX presentation. Consider a day out the immediate area to see most of the sites.

By Car and by Bus

Follow the A7 from Belfast or the B8 and then A25 from Newry. From Dublin Busaras, Connolly Street depart on the X1 or X2 to Belfast and change at Newry to the 240 Service.

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