Best New Building Award Winner, Saint Patrick Centre, Named Ireland's Newest "Must Visit" Attraction by Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams

Closter, NJ (January 30, 2002): Winner of the "Best New Building in the UK" award bestowed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The Saint Patrick Centre, named a "Must Visit" attraction by Stephanie Abrams, travel industry expert, houses an interactive multimedia exhibition dedicated to the life of Saint Patrick. Located in the ancient town of Downpatrick, medieval capital of County Down, The Saint Patrick Centre is built beside Saint Patrick's Grave.

"The juxtaposition of this 21st century architectural achievement cradled in Saint Patrick's Country between the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough brings together the natural beauty of Ireland, the achievements of modern technology and the foundation of the Early Christian Church," Abrams explains. "This is a wonderful place for people interested in Irish history and Early Christian times to have an in-depth experience that encapsulates the mission of Saint Patrick."

Using Saint Patrick's own words, the story of Ireland's Patron Saint, his mission, and the history of the arrival of Christianity to Ireland are presented through video, audio, graphics, and sculptures which bring to life the ancient story. Visitors explore Saint Patrick's legacy and the artwork of the Golden Age.

The Saint Patrick Centre, 2 ½ hours drive from Dublin and 20 miles from Belfast, in addition to housing The Ego Patricius Exhibition which tells Saint Patrick's story, provides," a state-of -the-art multimedia conference center which corporations, organizations and other groups looking for a special setting for their events and meetings will find very attractive," Abrams notes.

While The Saint Patrick Centre has appeal for people of all ages and backgrounds, as a valuable part of their visit to Ireland, Abrams points out the value for children. "I have been 'collecting' attractions for years to add to my 'Have Children. . . Will Travel ' Guide and The Saint Patrick Centre is my newest addition. The activities, 'archaeological digs', intereactive computers and 5-screen cinematic presentation heighten a child's awareness of the country, its history, and Ireland's Early Chrisitian period in a vibrant and exciting way," Abrams concludes.

Please be sure to visit the Saint Patrick Centre online here.

Stephanie Abrams, with over twenty years in the travel industry, is recognized as an expert having been repeatedly named to "Travel Agent Magazine's" list of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Travel." Abrams has been honored for her work in the travel industry, receiving the prestigious Travel Achievement Awards given by Travel Weekly Magazine for Best Public Relations Campaign, Best Marketing Promotion and Best Radio Advertising. She has served on the Advisory Boards of Dollar Rent a Car, Amadeus Global Distribution System International and Domestic Advisory Boards, Hong Kong Tourism Authority, The American Society of Travel Agents Council of Travel Marketing Organizations, and the International Affairs Committee of the International Franchise Association.

Stephanie B. Abrams, 201/522-8505

Dr. Tim Campbell
The Saint Patrick Centre
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