Irvinestown in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Centenary Gardens House 1
St. Patrick Meets the Mystery, Legends and Religion of Ireland
The Celtic Religion of Ireland
Before St. Patrick
The Celts believed that gods and spirits were everywhere. They had sun worship, tree worship and wind worship. This is a hymn to nature by the Celtic poet Amergrin who lived 500 years before Christ.
'I am the wind that breathes upon [?]
I am the wave of the ocean
I am the murmur of the billows
I am the ox of the seven combats
I am the vulture upon the rock
I am a salmon in the water
I am a lake in the plain
I am the God who creates the head of fire.
Who announces the ages of the moon --- if not I
Who teaches the place where couches the sun --- if not I'
(Translation Douglas Hyde)
"I cannot remain silent concerning such great benefits which the Lord
has been pleased to bestow upon me in the land of my captivity"
(Confession of St Patrick)
"More and more did the love of God and my reverence and faith increase
so that in a single day I would say up to a hundred prayers and at night a like number"
(Confession of St Parick)
The Lughnasa Festival
During his time of captivity in Ireland, St. Patrick learned the language and the religious customs of the people. They celebrated four great festivals each year, Imbolc (Spring), Bealtaine (Summer), Lughnasa (Harvest) and Samhain (Winter). The most joyful was Lughnasa because it celebrated the new harvest. The people assembled on mountains and hills, at river banks and lakes for feasting, games and sport. Máire Mac Neill in her book "The Festival of Lughnasa", shows how many of these assemblies survived into our own century as gatherings of people on the last Sunday of July or the first Sunday of August. Some became Christian celebrations such as Croagh Patrick, Lough Derg and many holy wells, and some remained as gatherings for games, sport and celebrations. Bishop Joseph Duffy writes "The Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage shows how the memory of St Patrick worked itself into the older pagan mythology and folklore of the Irish people." (Patrick in his own Words p58) This map of Ireland marks the places where the Lughnasa Assemblies survived into our own century.
The Legend of Oisín and Niamh in Tír no n-Óg
The Legends of Ireland
Location. 54° 28.31′ Touch for map. The Centenary Garden is adjacent to Sacred Heart Church, Devenish Parish, off the Lisnarick Road, west of Reihill Park. Marker is in this post office area: Irvinestown, Northern Ireland BT94 1EN, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorials to the Great Irish Famine in County Fermanagh (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Irvinestown (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); South Africa War Memorial (approx. 14 kilometers away); German 77mm Light Artillery Gun (approx. 14 kilometers away); The Watergate and Flag of St George (approx. 14 kilometers away); German 21cm Mortar, 1918 (approx. 14 kilometers away); Cole's Monument (approx. 14 kilometers away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 14.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Irvinestown.
More about this marker. The Centenary Garden of the Celtic Saints presents the story of the Christian Faith in Ireland. The Irish oak sculptures were carved by Lithuanian Jonas Raiskas.
Also see . . .
1. Centenary Garden Hut 1 Photos. (Submitted on March 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fermanagh Garden of Celtic Saints. (Submitted on March 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Sacred Heart Church at Natural Stone Database. (Submitted on March 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 423 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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