Mullaghdun Church marks 200 years of worship


Revd Canon Geoff Bridle with Churchwardens Dessie Coalter and Heather Carson

Mullaghdun Parish Church, which is part of the group of parishes of Cleenish and Mullaghdun in Clogher Diocese, has been marking its 200th anniversary with a special Service of Thanksgiving and a celebratory lunch for parishioners.

On Sunday, 1st October 2017, the Bishop of Clogher, Right Revd John McDowell unveiled a plaque to mark 200 years of worship.

A view of Mullaghdun Parish Church

The church, is situated between Letterbreen and Belcoo and was originally established as a District Curacy out of Cleenish about 1817 when a Chapel of Ease was built at a cost of £1,126. It returned to the grouping with Cleenish Parish, Bellanaleck in 1978.

There have been numerous improvement schemes to the church and grounds over the 200 years, including the installation of electric lighting in 1979 and complete re-plastering, replacement of windows and doors and interior re-organising in 1983.

A new hall to serve the parish of 160 families was built at Letterbreen in 1999.

On Sunday, the Rector, Revd Canon Geoffrey Bridle conducted the Service of Thanksgiving which included the singing of hymns; “To God be the glory!” “We love the place, O God,” “O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder” and “Now thank we all our God.”

The anniversary plaque

Following the service, the congregation gathered for a celebratory lunch in the parish hall at Letterbreen where Bishop McDowell cut an anniversary cake.