Saint Malachy's Church is a Catholic Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is located in Alfred Street, a short distance from Belfast City Hall. The Church is the focal point of the local parish community and Saint Malachy's Parish is one of the 88 parishes in the Diocese of Down and Connor. After Saint Mary's Church in Chapel Lane and Saint Patrick's Church in Donegall Street, Saint Malachy's is the third oldest Catholic Church in the city of Belfast.Work out when and for how long to visit St. Malachy's Church and other Belfast attractions using our handy Belfast vacation planner.
In the beginning Saint Malachy's was administered by the priests of Saint Mary's Parish until The Parish of Saint Malachy was created in 1866 and Fr Geoffrey Brennan was appointed Administrator. The first Parish Priest of Saint Malachy's was Fr Daniel McCashin.
On November 3, 1841, the feast of Saint Malachy, the foundation stone for Saint Malachy's Church was laid. On December 15, 1844 Dr William Crolly, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland dedicated the building. Dr Crolly was a native and former Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor. Originally Saint Malachy's was intended to be the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Down and Connor and was to seat 7,000 worshippers however due to financial difficulties a smaller building was constructed. The resultant Church is regarded as one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival churches in Ireland.
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Very peaceful and spacious. Maybe suitable for a 15/30 min visit. A good opportunity to sit and reflect. As ever very clean . No other visitors or parishioners whilst we were there
Very peaceful and spacious. Maybe suitable for a 15/30 min visit. A good opportunity to sit and reflect. As ever very clean . No other visitors or parishioners whilst we were there more »
A beautiful relaxing tranquil place. Hadn’t been there for several years and such a joy to return and find it was still the same.
A beautiful relaxing tranquil place. Hadn’t been there for several years and such a joy to return and find it was still the same. more »
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