Parish History

The present church is an imposing edifice, rendered in sandstone and in the Romanesque style. Its treasury boasts artefacts of international significance, chief among them a relic of St Patrick’s arm, enshrined in a priceless medieval silver reliquary. It also has a triptych altarpiece entitled ‘Madonna of the Lakes’ painted by Sir John Lavery, himself a celebrated son of the parish.

The parish history goes back more than 200 years – so there’s a lot to tell. Firstly about the origins and architectural features of the church; the treasured relics; the parish art collection; and of course the people who made it all possible.

Luckily all of this has been succinctly summarised by Fr. Michael Sheehan, a former Administrator at St Patrick’s.  To save you having to scroll through pages of information, we have reproduced this as a PDF document which you can read below. Using the toolbar at the bottom of the document you can view it full screen or save it to your computer/device to read or print at your convenience.

We have a separate page and document about Sir John Lavery’s acclaimed triptych altarpiece “The Madonna of the Lakes” which is also housed within our church.  Please click here to view that page.

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