Saul, County Down

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Saul church
Saint Patrick's statue

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

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.

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  1. ^ Placenames NI

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