St. Patrick’s Trail

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St. Patrick’s Trail

Carlow has an exceptionally rich ecclesiastical heritage spanning at least fifteen centuries. The oldest sites with ritual or religious significance are probably the holy well , which may have been visited for centuries prior to the coming of Christianity. Carlow was Christianised in the late fifth century and in the ensuing decades, followers of St. Patrick set up monasteries across the area.
St. Patrick’s Trail Named after St. Patrick, who is reputed to have baptised the King of Leinster in north Carlow, this trail takes in the county’s two largest urban settlements of Carlow and Tullow.
Both towns have a rich ecclesiastical tradition and were in the forefront of the nineteenth-century revival of Catholic places of worship and education. The beautifully carved doorway at Killeshin and the crosses and holy well in the peaceful
village of Clonmore are excellent examples of the county’s early Christian and medieval heritage while a stopover at the O’Meara tomb in Bennekerry churchyard will introduce the visitor to a famous Carlow artist.

Trail:
1 – 10 Carlow Town
11 – 12 Killeshin Romanesque Doorway & Killeshin Catholic Church
13 St. Fintan’s Catholic Church, Ballinabranagh
14 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tinryland
15 Kellistown
16 – 21 Tullow
22 Clonmore
23 Bennekerry