Mortuary House/Tomb Shrine

It is said that St Patrick built a barn here in Saul (from Irish: Sabhall phádraig meaning Patrick's barn) which he used to hold services. There is a replica Church built on the site. In the old graveyard to the north of the Church is a small gabled building similar to the mortuary houses at Banagher, Bovevagh and Cooley in County Donegal. They were built to house the remains or relics of saints or a revered founder. There are probably only five examples of these mortuary houses in Ireland, so to find the building covered in vegetation on my first was quite shocking. I hope something is done to clear the structure before any serious damage is done. Since my previous visit to Saul, José visited the site in 2022. I am delighted to see the monument has been cleared of the vegetation. Close by is St Patrick's Well on Mearne Road.

Pictured in 2013


Situated: The mortuary house is located in the old graveyard about 30 metres north of St Patrick's Memorial Church in Saul.

Discovery Map 21: J 5088 4638. Last visit March 2022.

Longitude: 5° 40' 46" W

Latitude: 54° 20' 37" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutiérrez.

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