Ireland’s smallest church?

St. Gobbans is a tiny church located in the village of Portbraddan on the west side of White Park Bay. As with the rest of the North Antrim coastline, White Park Bay is a beautiful piece of landscape with a long white sand beach. Portbraddan which consists of only a handful of houses is as quaint and quiet a place as you can get in Northern Ireland. The tiny church is privately owned. At 10 feet by 4 (3m by 1.4m) it is considered the smallest in Ireland though there is another even smaller, St. Lasseraghs, on the cliffs above but which lies in ruins.

The church is dedicated to St. Gobban, a famous person in the mosaic of Irish religion and the island’s foremost architect during the 6th and 7th centuries AD. He was born at Malahide near Dublin around AD 560. His reputation as an architect was such that he was employed by many different people to build churches and other buildings for them. In fact the tales told about him sound so wonderful that some historians consider him to be a mythical person. However, he was probably a historical person but simply his life and work were so embellished by subsequent generations that his story took on mythical details.

To Get There

Park you car as near to the seaside as you can and walk to the church. A visit will not take more than a few minutes though once there you might want to stay in the area and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Being a small and relatively little known place, a visit to the church is best if it is part of a day out. You can either do it when you are touring the Antrim Coast. Or, you can simply decide to have a day on the beach in which case White Park Bay is an excellent option and in the process you can visit the church and the other landmarks in the vicinity

Return from St Gobbans to Northern Ireland Travel Homepage

www.my-secret-northern-ireland.com 2008-2014.
All rights reserved.

sbi-9092920
SBI!

More

Related Posts

northern-ireland-travel-ancient-vikings-3120454

Ancient Vikings

Ancient Vikings -Raiders of Ireland The ancient Vikings are a famous people. The history of Vikings is also famous. They came from Sweden, Norway and

Glenariff Forest Park view from the car park

Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest Park Glenariff Forest Park is one of the lesser known UK country parks. It is located in one of the most beautiful parts

dunluce castle looking out over the the sea towards scotland

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle: Medieval ruins perched on the cliff of Northern Ireland’s coast. Northern Ireland Travel: Let’s go to Dunluce Castle Dunluce is probably one of

Norman Vikings

Norman Vikings – the Vikings Return to Ireland Norman Vikings Though Viking influence in Ireland subsided after AD 1000, it returned two centuries later with renewed vigor

Find out more about Northern Ireland straight to you inbox

If you want to find out about the many many amazing secret places to visit and experience, sign up to our newsletter and get tips, facts and deals as well as be the first to hear when we publish new articles.

xred-hand-of-ulster-belfast-mural-jpg-pagespeed-ic_-3vgurye58d-4833339