Attymass Parish erect special plaque to St. Patrick

Attymass parish erect special plaque to mark St. Patrick`s missionary work during the 430`s AD.

It might have taken nearly 1,600 years but Attymass the small rural parish of Attymass in North Mayo, just outside Ballina in County Mayo has just erected a special commemorative plaque to mark the missionary work of St. Patrick in the parish during the 430`s AD.

The Bonnifinglas Cemetery Group arranged for a local artist, Conor Maguire of Ballina, to design the plaque which depicts the point, according to tradition where St Patrick first entered the parish by crossing the River Moy at the back of Bonnifinglas cemetery to bring Christianity to the area. The hand painted plaque has been erected in the graveyard just yards away from the point where he crossed the River Moy. The plaque was erected to coincide with the annual cemetery Mass that took place in August. Bridie Padden, a member of the Cemetery Group commented
“The Parish wanted to explain the story of St. Patrick’s visit to Attymass and commemorate it with the hand painted historic plaque which explains the story to future generations and tourists to the area.”

Attymass is also the home of the internationally famous priest, the late Fr Patrick Peyton, who was known as ‘The Rosary Priest’and the ‘Fr. Peyton Memorial Centre’ based in the parish commemorates the life and apostolic work of Fr. Peyton C.S.C.
The North Mayo parish is also home to a large number of historic sites which date back to over five and half thousand years ago. These include;

A Court Tomb, Wedge tombs, Crannògs, an Ogham Stone, numerous Ring Forts, Holy Wells and part of the 13th century Kildermot Abbey.
In Bonnifinglas graveyard there is also a famine plot containing a number of graves and an original famine pot used in the parish during the Famine Times is on constant display in the Fr. Peyton Centre.
For more information about the parish visit www.attymass.ie