Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

St Patrick's imprint on the landscape is brought into focus

The ruins of this Cistercian Abbey church and living quarters are one of the best examples of Anglo-Norman religious architecture in Northern Ireland. Affreca, daughter of the King of Man and wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster, founded the abbey in 1193. The Abbey is set in the beautiful landscaped parkland of 18th century Rosemount House in Greyabbey Co Down.  Picture by Bernie Brown
The ruins of this Cistercian Abbey set in the beautiful landscaped parkland of 18th century Rosemount House in Greyabbey Co Down.
St Patrick's Down Cathedral Downpatrick
Newtownards Priory
St Patrick's Church of Ireland Saul

Legend tells us that St Patrick was a figure who influenced much of our countryside with his legacy.

Now one woman has chronicled the landscape which dominated St Patrick's world for a photo exhibition.

St Patrick's Legacy In Focus is the latest work from photographer Bernie Brown and is on show at the St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick.

The striking images vary from the darkening outline of a crucifix as the sun sets over the summit of Slieve Patrick, to a sloping view into the ruins of a Cistercian abbey founded in Greyabbey, Co Down, in 1193.

Other images include the ruins of St John's Point Church in Co Down – which dates back to the 10th or 11th century – and St Patrick's Memorial Church, where St Patrick built Ireland's first Christian church in 432AD.

Brown's last exhibition – entitled The Life Of The Lough and featuring more than 70 images taken around Co Down's Strangford Lough – toured for more than two years.

Her latest collection, which follows years of research, is part of a project to raise the profile of St Patrick here.

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