The Saint Patrick Centre

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Situated 2 hours north of Dublin and just 40 minutes south of Belfast in the medieval town of Downpatrick, the Saint Patrick Centre is perfectly located for visitors touring Ireland.

Built in the shadow of the 12th Century Cathedral of Down and Saint Patrick’s Grave the Centre provides the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland’s Patron Saint.

An IMAX cinema, bold graphics, sculpture, combined with video and audio techniques allow visitors to explore Patrick’s life in his own words and the major impact of Irish missionaries in Dark Age Europe. Perhaps you are just looking for a rest stop to relax? Then visit for free, shop and relax with a coffee in our newly refurbished terraced Garden Cafe and wander about our magnificent gardens which lead to Saint Patrick’s Grave.

For those who have a little more time – either have a complete tour lasting 50 minutes or have an introduction and watch our IMAX ‘In the Footsteps of Saint Patrick’ presentation which lasts 25 minutes. Both are a perfect way to discover the story of Saint Patrick in Ireland.

The Saint Patrick Centre also provides the opportunity for shopping, with our beautiful, well stocked shop, boasting bespoke gifts to suit everyone 

Downpatrick has a compact town centre and many of the areas of special historic interest are in a small area close to the Centre. Medieval Down Cathedral, Down Museum and the Mound of Down are all within walking distance of the Centre. Other heritage sights, such as Inch Abbey, St. Patrick’s Healing Wells at Struell and Ireland’s first church at Saul are only about a mile/2 kilometres away.

All in all a memorable place to see – so make sure to put the Saint Patrick Centre on your ‘must visit’ list when you visit Ireland.

Winner of the 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence – 

‘A Moving presentation of the Saint Patrick Story’, May 2015 

‘Beautiful space, incredible history’, September 2015

‘Fabulous Attraction – A Must see’ October 2015

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Crowning Gifts

Crowning Gifts

The Gift Curator is spreading the joy through the power of gift-giving. This is accomplished through the exclusive program, Friends of The Gift Curator, which supports this philosophy through hard work and an attitude of gratitude.

Friends are an integral part of the site, mission and focus. They are a collective group of owners that exhibit the characteristics of gracious giving.

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I’m an Irish born new American, and on my website, Irish American Mom, I record my American evolution from Irish girl to American mom. I share my recipes and ramblings, reminiscing about my Irish childhood, and the twenty-something years of my American journey.

My Ireland is a place of love which invokes a deep sense of identity.
“Mother Ireland”, as we so lovingly call her, will always influence my state of mind, no matter where I wander. She instills in me a life-long feeling of connection, and inspires my writing and stories.

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Celtic Canada was founded by President & CEO Eleanor (Ellie) Reynolds who had the vision of creating a one stop multimedia resource to service, engage & communicate with the dynamic Canadian Celtic Community to which she belongs. 

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In the spirit of all our departed Brothers, both in the band and in the department, we will continue to dedicate ourselves and our music to proudly playing and marching to American, Irish and Scottish tunes and representing our Society and the FDNY.

We are proud of our Irish heritage, proud to be Americans, and proud to be members of the New York City Fire Department. As present members of the band we will carry on the tradition into the future, praying and hoping that our future Emeralds will carry on what was started by the Charter Members of 1962.

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