One of the earliest representations of St Patrick is located just outside Dundalk

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

Did you know that one of the earliest representations of St Patrick and the tale of how he banished snakes from Ireland is located just outside of Dundalk? 

The National Museum of Ireland shared an image of a medieval carving of St Patrick, which is located in Faughart graveyard, saying: "This late medieval carving is one of the earliest representations of the legend which records how the saint banished snakes from Ireland." 

The carving of St Patrick 

The carving, which is etched into stone at the hill of Faughart, is from the early 16th Century AD. 

The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, and culture.