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.
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