Bangor, Northern Ireland

Introduction to Bangor, Northern Ireland

Bangor - a popular holiday resort - has been inhabited since pre-Celtic times, and is one of only four places in Ireland to feature on the “Mappa Mundi” – the world map dating from 1300 which is now in Hereford Cathedral.

Bangor has been inhabited since pre-Celtic times, and is one of only four places in Ireland to feature on the “Mappa Mundi” – the world map dating from 1300 which is now in Hereford Cathedral. The town has long been a popular holiday resort and there are many imposing Victorian and Edwardian buildings which were built by affluent residents who benefited from visitors coming from all over Ireland.

The name of Bangor was spread throughout western Europe by the monks from Bangor Abbey. Founded by Saint Comgall in 558AD, the Abbey has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the years: the oldest remaining part is St Malachy’s Wall, adjacent to the old Gate Lodge. Malachy dominated church life in Ireland during the 12th century and he introduced the Augustinian Order to Bangor, as well as the use of stone for church building. The North Down Heritage Centre in nearby Castle Park has fascinating information about the Abbey and its history.

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