Following the Story of Saint Patrick around the World – Port Patrick in Scotland is the closest point of mainland Britain to Ireland (21 miles) and tradition tells us it was named after Patrick who made the crossing with a single step. An ancient church was dedicated to Patrick for sailors making the crossing from Ireland has been there since medieval times as has local names we are familiar with in Downpatrick. For example near Portpatrick is the old parish of Inch and the parish church was Saulseat – both of which sound very like our own parishes of Inch and Saul! The most recent crossing from Portpatrick was made by Antonio Arguelles Diaz-Gonzalez who swam it in 14 hours to complete the Oceans Seven Challenge – the ‘Holy Grail’ of open water swimming.
29 Oct 2018