Saint Patricks Cathedral - Armagh

St Patricks Cathedral, Armagh, County Armagh

Saint Patricks Cathedral is situated on top of a hill above the city,this is where the city get’s its name, it is derived from the Gaelic word, Ard Mhacha, the height of Macha, referring to the mythical Queen Mhacha, it is said she built Navan Fort (Eamain Macha) to the west of Armagh Town, Navan was once the ancient seat of the Kings of Ireland.  Historically County Armagh was the religious capital of Ireland for 1,500 years.

The church has two main famous connections,St Patrick being the first; it was on this hilltop that Saint Patrick built his first great church, the church of Relics (Templum na Ferta).

The other and probably the most famous connection is the link to Brian Boru (Bryan Boru). His body was carried from the Battle field of Clontarf in 1014 by his whole army and it is here where he lay in state for twelve days before he was buried at the west wall of the Cathedral of Armagh. In 1914 a commemorative granite slab was placed honouring and remembering the Great Brian Boru.

This was the greatest tribute to the High King from the Church as Armagh at the time was the spiritual capital of Ireland.