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Appreciating Armagh's Ecclesiastical Heritage - the day itself

Yet again the Churches Trust met on another glorious day to walk around some of the wonderful church buildings in the ecclesiastical city of Ireland - Armagh. We met at St Malachy’s Catholic Church, Irish Street where the particpants were welcomed to the church by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Raymond Murray, a former trustee of the UHCT.  He gave an illuminating account of the building of the church presently on the site with reference to the earlier church building in the city. Manus Deery, Assistant Director with the Historic Environment Division, followed this with more details about the architecture of the church.  From St. Malachy's the group proceded through the city centre to First Presbyterian Church on The Mall where we were welcomed by the minister, the Rev. A D Davidson who gave a brief hsitory of the church with Manus Deery explaining the architectural details of the building. A short walk across The Mall, along a tree lined avenue and the group arrived at St. Mark's Church of Ireland.  Here the Rector, the Rev. Malcolm Kingston, explained that St. Mark's was the Parish church for the city of Armagh although it was originally built in 1811 as a chapel of ease to St Patrick’s Cathedral. When one of the trustees ventured into the pulpit to take a photograph of the particpants, the Rev. Kingston applauded his bravery as the pulpit is famed for being the highest in the Church of Ireland! Our last visit of the day took us back across The Mall and up one of the seven hills of Armagh to Abbey Street Methodist. The Rev. Rowan Zeelie, originally from South Africa, welcomed us to the church and he and Manus explained the history and architecture of this building and its connection with the city and wider Methodist church. Following the walk, the ladies of the church provided much welcomed refreshments and the day concluded with a short but informative talk from Manus on how regular maintenance can prevent costly repair bills - something every church warden was keen to hear.

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