St Patrick’s Statue on Slieve Patrick overlooking the village of Saul is the tallest statue of St Patrick in the world.
Are you tall? Or are you small? St Patrick’s Statue on Slieve Patrick overlooking the village of Saul (in northern Ireland) is the tallest statue of St Patrick in the world.
Yesterday, really itching to get out and enjoy our summer weather (which hasn’t happened yet), I decided to go off in the search of St Patrick. And I found him … couldn’t miss him in fact. I live not too far away from St Patrick’s resting place and have visited his grave a few times along with a lot of heritage sites.
As you will know St Patrick is the Patron Saint Of Ireland. This area is steeped in history, some of it fact and some of its lore. Regardless of your thoughts of whether St Patrick really did chase the snakes away, he was a real person.
Carved of Mourne Granite near Kilcoo the statue is unusual as it has a workman’s boot on one foot and a sandal on the other to commemorate the quarry men.
From the top of the hill there are excellent views over Strangford Lough. You can also see Saul Church, the Isle of Man, and the Mull of Kintyre on a clear day.
The climb up to his statue was a tough one, Slieve Patrick is a hill, the work Slieve is Irish for hill or mountain. The hill was steep and I had to stop a couple of times. On the way up there was a series of crosses, they have been marked with various names and sponsorships on. I am not sure exactly what they mean, but they are a spectacle all the same.
More points of interest and artefacts …
At the top, where the statue is, I was rewarded …