St. Colmans' Catholic
on the main road between Hillsborough and
A church was built at Stoney Batter in 1812 by Rev. Daniel Jennings,
at a cost of £1,000 which was raised by subscription.The
Marquis of Downshire gave a grant of the land & laid the first
stone for a new building after demanding that proof be obtained
that he had, in fact, promised the land rent-free. The Bishop,
Rev. Dr. Blake found M. McNulty, Michael McGrath & Hugh Savage
who were willing to swear that they had heard this promise.
The new church was a neat, stone, roughcast, whitewashed building
in the shape of a T. The outside was decorated with 4 small minarets.
The inside was very plain, not ceiled, thatched roof, no seats
but forms to sit on. The floor was partly boarded and partly mud.
There was a painting of a crucifix over the altar . Rev. Daniel
Murphy was parish priest when the new church was completed in
1839. It was capable of holding 300 people with an average attendance
List of parish priests; Rev. Daniel Jennings 1805-1817;
Rev. Peter Devlin 1817- 1838; Rev. Daniel Murphy 1838-1843; Rev.
Bernard Maginn 1842-43; Rev. Bernard Moony 1843-47; Rev. Patrick
MacKay 1847-1864; Rev. Bernard Troy 1864- 1870; Rev. James Lowry
1871- 1874; Rev. John McGrath 1874- 1887; Rev. John Quail 1887-1912;
Rev. Hugh McAvoy/ McEvoy 1912- 1923; Rev. Eugene McPolin 1923-
1941; Rev. Daniel Pollin 1941- 1972; Rev. Thomas Mooney 1972-
1987; Rev. John Treanor 1963- 1998; Rev. Albert McGovern 1978
(curate)-1998; Rev. Arthur McNeill 1998-2002; Rev. Michael Maginn
2002- 32005 & Rev. Brian Brown 2005-
baptisms from 1815; graveyard attached , gravestones UHF Vol
18, oldest stone 1824; email me for a gravestone look-up; the
graveyard surrounding the chapel is enclosed with a quickset fence
and the entrance is from the road by an iron gate
The colour photo on the left was kindly sent by Margaret Mueller