beauty of Balligan #1

ragman

Mill Isle, Ireland

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*St. Andrews Church

Balligan County Down Northern Ireland

Used now mostly for choral services and Christmas services etc. and the occasional wedding*

One of the most original, simplest and lovist churches in Northern Ireland, and constructed in 1704, St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Balligan is, by far, the oldest church building still in use around Ballywalter. There is evidence that its oak roof timbers may be older than the church itself. Possibly they were transferred from the much older church at Ballyhalbert.

Early records show that the church not only catered for the spiritual needs of its people. It also organised homes for orphans, looked after the local beggars and even collected for the repair of the roads.

By the middle of last century the three centres of population which Balligan served, had grown and the people of each wished to have their own church. Kircubbin was built first in 1843, Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter in 1849 and Ballyhalbert (Ballyeasborough) in 1850.

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