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Blood on English Street

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

As one of the oldest parts of Downpatrick, English Street has seen many comings and goings. The more surprising thing though is when you look at the darker side of its past. Go right back to Good Friday 1204. John de Courcy was worshipping at the Abbey of Saint Patrick, now Down Cathedral, unarmed, as he always did on this day. Unbeknownst to him a close acquaintance had betrayed his trust and disclosed this to his enemy Hugh de Lacy. As de Lacy called out to warn him of his impending arrest for treason against fickle King John, de Courcy grabbed a candlestick. Swiftly he bludgeoned 13 men before de Lacy was able to capture him.