St Patricks at Lullymore

Lullymore, a small mineral island surrounded by Irelands largest peatland, the Bog of Allen, is steeped in history. Thousands of years ago, early settlers had rich, fertile farmland in Lullymore and were protected from attack by the encircling wetlands. Little is known about Lullymore in pre-Christian times, but it is thought to have had significant settlements as numerous ancient Togher roads have been discovered leading across the bog to Lullymore.

In the 5th Century, Saint Patrick converted a Druid named Erc and ordained him his first Bishop. Bishop Erc was then sent to Lullymore to set up a monastery which would last over a thousand years. Saint Erc & Lullymore Monastery’s fascinating story is told in the Park’s early Christian Centre.

The 1798 Rebellion is also an important part of Lullymores history. The Parks 1798 Exhibition retells the life story of Captain John Doorly, a native of Lullymore who was executed for his significant role in the uprising.

The rebellion, led by Wolfe Tone, buried locally in Bodenstown Cemetery, was a pivotal time in Irish history, and followed the American and French Revolutions whose successes inspired the Irish rebels into action.

Find Out More About Family Fun In Lullymore Heritage And Discovery Park

Open to families, day trip visitors and for Birthday Parties all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays including all mid-term breaks throughout the year.

Open Saturdays and Sundays only outside the above periods.