Welcome to Saul & Ballee Parish, from the Irish sabhall phadraig meaning Patrick’s barn. It is claimed that when St Patrick came to Ireland in 432, strong currents swept his boat through the Strangford Lough tidal narrows, and he landed where the Slaney river flows into the lough. The local chieftan Dichu was quickly converted and gave him a barn, and it was here that St Patrick founded his first church in Ireland at Saul.
This is the main church in our Parish and is situated just below St Patrick’s mountain.
In the 1700’s mass was said in various places. Cargagh Church was one of the “Old Mass Houses”