These pages are about Co Down, particularly Lecale and the surrounding area, including the Mourne Mountains. We have lived in Downpatrick for over 30 years. Downpatrick is an ancient town; the locality has been inhabited for at least 9000 years and is intimately associated with Ireland's Patron Saint, Patrick, who is reputed to be buried here. What you see here is that which is of interest to me. I will add items from time to time. For information about the picture hover your mouse over it.
There are images and information about some of the historic sites in the area, and short biographies of a few of the people who came from or lived here and who made a significant contribution to the development of the religious, industrial, commercial and social life of the locality and in the wider world.
To read what the the Lecale area was like in the 1830's read extracts from Lewis' Topographical Dictionary available here.
Also, you can read here James O'Laverty's history of Lecale, an extract from his extensive Historical Account of the Diocese of Down and Conor.