5.3 St Patrick’s CofI, Coleraine

The earliest record of Coleraine appears in Adomnán’s Life of St Columba. Adomnán was an Abbot of Iona and wrote his account of Colmcille’s life a century after the saint’s death in 597.

Adomnán mentions that Colmcille stayed with the Bishop of Coleraine on his way home from the Convention of Drum Ceat. During his visit, the local people brought offerings of food which the saint blessed, Colmcille chastising one of the men for his greed. The food would have been eaten during a feast held while the saint was visiting.

The fact that there was a bishop here implies that Coleraine was thought of as an important place by that time.

The late 19th century Church of Ireland parish church of St Patricks may well have been built on the site of the original ecclesiastical settlement in Coleraine.

st Patrick mosaic St Patricks Church mosaic
 

Getting There

Head east towards Coleraine on the B201 for approx one mile. At the crossroads, take a right turn on to Isle Road and head down to the A37. Turn left on the A37 towards Coleraine.

Just before the bridge across the River Bann take a left turn at the roundabout on to the A29 and head north with the river on your right.

Stay on the A29 and go across the Bann Bridge turning left on to the A26. Turn right off the A26 on to Brook Street and a second right on to Kingsgate Street which turns into Church Street.

See the church website for a map and more information.


 
   
  • Drum Ceat, Limavady, Ireland.
     

    5.1 Drum Ceat, Limavady

    According to later legend when Colmcille left Ireland it is said that he vowed never again to set foot on Irish soil. However he appears to have returned at least once - for the Convention of Drum Ceat.

  • Giant's Sconce, Sperrins, Ireland.
     

    5.2 Giant’s Sconce

    From the top of the Giant’s Sconce, it is easy to see why it would make a good place to build a fort. There are views in all directions and it is a short distance by land to the River Bann and the sea beyond.

  • St Patrick’s CofI, Coleraine, Sperrins, Ireland.
     

    5.3 St Patrick’s CofI, Coleraine

    The earliest record of Coleraine appears in Adomnán’s Life of St Columba where he mentions that Colmcille stayed with the Bishop of Coleraine on his way home from the Convention of Drum Ceat.

  • Camus, Sperrins, Ireland.
     

    5.4 Camus

    The red sandstone fragment of the early medieval Camus cross now stands in a graveyard which sits on the west side of the River Bann to the south of Coleraine.

  • Ballintemple, Sperrins, Ireland.
     

    5.5 Ballintemple

    It is believed that the first church on this site was founded by St Adomnán (c.628-704), Abbot of the monastery at Iona from 679 to 704 and the author of the 'Life of St Columba'.