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Clonallan Parish

Church of Ireland Catholic Church, Mayobridge Burren Catholic Church Mayobridge village


Clonallan parish Church

Clonallan Church of Ireland

near Warrenpoint town

There has reputedly been a church on this site since the days of St. Patrick. It was the burial place of the Magennis family, Lords of Iveagh, although nothing now remains of their last resting place. This church was built in the 17th century during the term of office of Bishop Jeremy Taylor . Sir Arthur Magennis held the right to appoint the clergy.The rector in 1846 was Rev. Edward Richards (for 47 years) . It was renovated in the 1870s. Clonallan was the mother church of Warrenpoint but the parishes were separated in 1825, although they are now reunited.

Records from 1825; graveyard attached;burials here from Warrenpoint churches; gravestone inscriptions on Yahoo Co. Down Genealogy List

References;MS WAG p 61; GIC: GIPR ; MIs; PNNI V1 p 49


Mayobridge Catholic Church

Mayobridge Catholic Church- St. Patrick's
on the main road between Warrenpoint and Rathfriland

A chapel was built here in 1806, on the site of a former Mass Rock, at a cost of £1,000 which was defrayed by subscriptions. It was described in 1836 as a stone, roughcast, whitewashed building in the shape of a T, capable of holding 1000 people with an average attendance of 1,400. It was rebuilt in 1868 by Father John Brennan and dedicated by Dr Leahy on 12 Oct 1862.

See under St Peters Warrenpoint for a list of parish priests. List of resident curates; Rev. Hugh Mooney 1859-76; Rev. Matthew Lynch 1876-81; Rev. Edward MacCartan 1881-89; Rev. William Kearns 1889-95; Rev. Andrew Lowry 1895- 1903; Rev. John Savage 1903-7; Rev. John Carr 1907-25;Rev. Michael O'Hare 1925-33; Rev. Patrick McCartan 1933-41; Rev. Michael McCartan 1941-52; Rev. John Brannigan 1952-54; Rev. Emmett Devlin 1955-59; Rev. James McCartan 1959-66; Rev. Christopher Murray 1966-67; Rev. Lughlin McAleavey 1967-82; Rev. Thomas McConville 1982-84

PRONI, NLI & LDS have baptisms 1826-1869, marriages 1826-1882;(LDS Film #926077 item 1 & 2) UHF has baptisms & marriages 1826-1900; burial records didn't start until 1920

References;V3 p 1 OSM; GIC: TIA ; DDPP p78,83,99

Mayobridge village

Mayobridge village


Burren Catholic Church

Burren Catholic Church- St. Mary's
4km N of Warrenpoint

This chapel was built in 1833, on the site of a Mass Station, by Rev. Peter Murphy. The ground was donated by the Hall family (local landlords) together with a donation of £50 for expenses. Alterations were done in 1940.

List of resident curates; Rev. John Carr 1925-7;Rev. Henry Doran 127-32; Rev. Joseph Byrne 1932-41; Rev. Patrick Boyd 1941-51; Rev. Daniel Fegan 1951-55; Rev. John Brannigan 1955-59; Rev. Thomas Mooney 1959-63; Rev. Hugh Connolly 1964-68; Rev. Arthur Byrne 1968-75; Rev. Jack Murtagh 1975-77; Rev. James Woods 1977-84

graveyard attached ; LDS has parish registers 1826-1869

References;GIC; DDPP p83,95

by Ros Davies