Heading down high street you come to the Catholic Church on the left, before Milligan's shop. MASSES MONDAY, WEDNESDAY @10am, VIGIL MASS SATURDAY @ 6.30pm, SUNDAY 11.30AM
The plot of land was granted for the building free of charge by William Ogilvie who was the local landlord - this was a significant gesture given the times that were in it. Most Catholic Churches in Ireland were built in the first part of the 1800’s following the relaxation of penal laws against Catholicism in Ireland by the British Government. Ardglass is no exception.
The first stone of the new Catholic Church in Ardglass was laid in 1828 by Captain Saunders. The erection of the church was principally due to the Reverend John Hagarty, C.C.
This church was built in 1830 and was capable of holding 300 people. It was simple in design, like a barn chapel, with the altar on a long wall opposite the entrance. There were many alterations over the years to accommodate the growing population. Extensive work was carried out in 2005.
Some priests were - Rev. William McMullin in 1848 & 1852 & Rev. J. Crawford on 1890 & Rev. E. Crawford in 1895; Rev. Joseph J. O'Donnelly/ Donnelly curate in 1884 then priest 1910- 1927; Rev. Bernard McNamee 1927-1942; Rev. John McKee 1942- 1965; Rev. William B. Tumilty 1966-1967; Rev. Patrick White 1967- 1980; Rev. John McAteer 1980- 1985; Rev. Liam Mullan 1985- 1990; Rev. Conleth Byrne 1990-2000; Rev. Robert Fleck 2000-2013 and Fr Gerard McCloskey 2013 to date.
MASSES MONDAY, WEDNESDAY @10am, VIGIL MASS SATURDAY @ 6.30pm, SUNDAY 11.30AM
BAPTISM, WEDDINGS BY ARRANGEMENT WITH THE PARISH PRIEST FATHER G McCLOSKEY
Our large congregation welcomes visitors, including people of other faiths. The church was built in 1830 and has been extended in recent years.