St. Mary's Church Derrytrasna

Derrymacash Road
County Armagh.
+ 44 02838343230

Derrytrasna is on a plateau surrounded mainly by bogland in the north of the county. It lies between Lough Neagh, Lough Gullion and the River Bann. One of the most notable events in the history of the village was the destruction of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church on 6 January 1839. The nearly completed church building was destroyed in what was known as the "Night of the Big Wind". At the time the Newry Reporter stated:

We regret to learn that the new Chapel of the Parish of Seagoe, which had been erected at great expense and with extreme exertion on the part of the Parish Priest, the Rev. Morgan, was levelled to the ground by the late fearful hurricane. It had just been roofed and would soon have been ready for consecration. This is a lamentable occurrence. The people of Seagoe were rejoicing in the hope of having a temple for the worship of the Most High, and just when it seemed secure to them they have lost the fruit of their long and pious labours. We are sure that the case will strongly excite the sympathies of the Christian public and that any appeal which may be made by the Rev. Mr. Morgan to repair the injury which has been done in this parish will meet with a ready and generous response.

"A ready and generous response" was indeed made to Dr. Morgan's appeal and the church was rebuilt during the years, 1839-41. The Most Rev. Dr. Blake, Bishop of Dromore, officiated at the dedication on July 25th. 1841, in the presence of a vast concourse of people from all parts of Ulster. The sermon on the occasion was preached by the celebrated Father Mathew, the "Apostle of Temperance", who gave Dr. Morgan a gift of 50 pounds towards the cost of the building. Before and after the ceremony, Father Mathew administered the pledge to thousands of people, as recorded in a long report in the Newry Examiner of July 28th, 1841. Our thanks to Frank. McCrory for some of the information used.


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