Saul, County Down

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This article is about the civil parish and townland in County Down. For other uses, see Saul.
Saul church
Saint Patrick's statue

Saul (from Irish Sabhall Phádraig, meaning "Patrick's barn")[1] is the name of a townland (of 488 acres) and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland.[2]

The townland lies to the east of Downpatrick and has strong links with Saint Patrick. It is claimed that when Saint Patrick came to Ireland in 432, strong currents swept his boat through the Strangford Lough tidal narrows and he landed where the Slaney River flows into the lough. The local chieftain, Dichu, was quickly converted and gave him a barn for holding services. Allegedly, Saint Patrick died in Saul on 17 March 461 and is buried in nearby Downpatrick. The modern "Saint Patrick's Memorial Church" is built on the reputed spot of this building and includes a replica round tower.

Close by, on the crest of Slieve Patrick is a massive statue of Saint Patrick with bronze panels showing scenes from his life.

Civil parish of Saul[edit]

The civil parish is in the historic barony of Lecale Lower and contains the following settlements:[2]

  • Saul


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[2]


Ballinarry, Ballintogher, Ballynagarrick, Ballysugagh, Ballywoodan


Carrowcarlin, Carrowvannny, Castle Island


Gores Island, Green Island


Hare Island


Launches Little Island, Launches Long Island, Lisbane, Lisboy






Ringbane, Russells Quarter North, Russells Quarter South


Salt Island, Saul, Shark Island


Walshestown, Whitehills

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames NI
  2. ^ a b c "Saul". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°20′38.13″N 5°40′28.29″W / 54.3439250°N 5.6745250°W / 54.3439250; -5.6745250