Saint Patrick's Old Church, Claudy Nov 2012




Cumber Upper and Learmount was the original name of the parish - the addition Claudy (a stony beach) is only a few centuries old. Archbishop Colton journeying throughout the diocese in 1397 came across a new parish Church on the old site in the townland of Cumber, near where Glenrandal and the Faughan rivers meet. Today the ruins of a church stand on the site where Dr Colton beheld one. The ancient tradition is that Saint Patrick built seven churches along the Faughan and one of these he erected at Cumber. Further down the Faughan there was another church. Poston's house in Kilcatten now stands on the site of this church. 



James Ross, in 1817 gave the site to Father McFeely PP of Claudy, on which the latter built the first Saint Patrick's Church at a cost of £500 and it was estimated to hold 600 people. The only portion being seated was the gallery on the eastern side.  


The Church was consecrated in 1820. 

It was roofless for several years until 1827, when Father Donnelly had it roofed. 

It is said that the Fishmongers Company offered to build a Catholic Church, provided the site was accepted on their estate west of Dungorkin Bridge. Not being central Father McFeely did not accept the proposal. 






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