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Restaurant Review: Wackoz street food in the home of St Patrick nourishes the soul

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Wackoz, 38 Belfast Road, Downpatrick

Wackoz, 38 Belfast Road, Downpatrick

Wackoz, 38 Belfast Road, Downpatrick

There’s a lot of holy ground in Ireland. From cathedrals to mass rocks and countless chapels, temples and meeting houses in between, they are an expression of our love of all that is holy. But it is the calm and misty beauty of graveyards and ruined abbeys, friaries and monasteries that best capture the feeling of lonely, contemplative spirituality.

The histories of these Irish friaries and monasteries are particularly rich and turbulent and in many ways what we see today is the calm after the long ago storms of destruction and upheaval. The atmosphere at Inch Abbey on the banks of the Quoile river near Downpatrick is particularly redolent of monkish lives devoted to the worship of God. The Norman conqueror John de Courcy built it in atonement for his destruction of nearby Erinagh Abbey. Maybe this is what gives the place its deep sense of serenity and tranquillity.


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