DONAGH PARISH CHURCH CELEBRATION – 350 YEARS OF ST SALVATOR’S GLASLOUGH

28 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

St Salvator’s Church on the edge of Glaslough village became the centre of international interest for several days in 2002. It was where ex-Beatle Paul McCartney married Heather Mills, although the couple later went their separate ways. The church is connected with the Leslie family. It was founded 350 years ago by the Bishop of Clogher John Leslie to replace an earlier 5th century parish church at Donagh old graveyard. So it was very appropriate that the present Bishop of Clogher Right Reverend John McDowell presided at a special service on Sunday to mark the anniversary.

 Parishioners were joined in the congregation by a number of distinguished guests including the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, and Mark Leslie of the Leslie family. Monaghan County Council was also represented.

  Other guests included the President of Clogher Diocese Mothers Union Irene Boyd, Principal of Billis National School Ruth Williamson, visiting clergy , the Rural Dean Canon Ian Berry, as well as clergy who had served in the past years in Donagh Parish Church. Parishioners from Tyholland Parish and Errigal Truagh Parish and friends from neighbouring parishes joined the celebrations.

  The Reverend Betty Thompson conducted the service, which was an uplifting …
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