Video memories of the early days in Rathcoole

Friday March 22nd 2019

A BBC NI archive item about the new Rathcoole housing estate off the Shore Road close to Belfast Lough, filmed in 1957, may prompt a few memories for some of our Rathcoole parishioners.

The parish is unique in being the first parish in the Church of Ireland to be planned entirely within the confines of a modern housing estate. 

The church was consecrated on December 1 1956 by Bishop Cyril Elliott. It is dedicated to St Comgall, who was born in nearby Magheramorne. Due to its unusual architectural design the church is a grade 2 listed building, the church hall being on the ground floor, and the church on the 1st floor.

The BBC film meets some of the folk living on the new estate, and makes reference to the Methodist Church building, sadly not St Comgall’s.

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