Four centuries of community life was celebrated yesterday (Sat) as Minister Joe McHugh TD officially opened the new Monreagh Church Hall in east Donegal.
The Presbyterian congregation gave the site and led the fundraising initiatives, including €100,000 given in interest free loans from several members of the congregation, to enable the vision to go ahead as a community outreach project.
Monreagh Presbyterian congregation is one of the oldest congregations on the island of Ireland dating from 1644. The Church building is situated in the heart of the Laggan district of East Donegal.
The present Church building dates from 1710, with most of the small diamond windowpanes dating from that year.
However, the congregation has never had its own church hall – until this dream was realised this year after more than a decade of fundraising by the church committee.
Paul Bradley was onsite to capture some of the days best moments.