Downpatrick is one of Ireland's most ancient and historic towns.  It takes its name from a Dun (Fort) which once stood on the hill that dominates the town and on which Down Cathedral stands.

The Largest town in the Leacle area, Downaptrick is a commercial, recreational and administrative centre for the locality and serves as a hub for nearby towns and villages, within an hours drive of Belfast, Downpatrick serves as a commuter town for a large number of people.  The town has a number of Nursery, Primary and Post Primary Schools educating students from all over the East Down Area