RTÉ crew visits Dún Briste, separated by St Patrick from the mainland.
The legend of St Patrick's confrontation with the pagan god Cromduff is told by Patrick Caulfield, father of archaeologist Séamus Caulfield. After finishing his 40-day fast on Croagh Patrick, the saint made his way to Downpatrick Head in Co. Mayo to visit local pagan chieftain Cromduff. Two dogs were sent to attack St Patrick, but instead they lay down and licked his feet. Patrick then attempted to convert Cromduff to Christianity. When he failed, he struck the ground with his crozier and it separated from the mainland, creating the sea stack, Dún Briste, where Cromduff later perished.
'St Patrick Was a Mayoman' was an RTÉ Radio documentary about Dún Briste, a sea stack rising out of the sea off Downpatrick Head in Co. Mayo. According to legend, St. Patrick separated it from the mainland in order to banish the pagan god Cromduff, who then perished on the island. In 1981, an expedition of archaeologists, a biologist and an RTÉ crew were the first humans to set foot on Dún Briste for about 600 years. Producer Dick Warner and presenter Des Hickey record the helicopter trip to the sea stack as archaeologists survey the remains of a centuries-old long-house to try to establish when it became an island.
'St Patrick Was a Mayoman' was broadcast on RTÉ Radio on 21 March 1981.
The accompanying image of Dún Briste was taken in 1980.