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St Patrick's Church Crebilly


The present church with seating accommodation for four hundred and seventy five was solemnly blessed on 14 October 1961 by Most Rev Dr Mageean.  The church is built in reconstructed Ballycullen stone on a site donated by the Kearney family.  The floor is finished in terrazzo tiling with mosaic insets.  The Sanctuary, Altar, Predella and Altar Rails are in selected Italian Marble.  The Baptistry occupies the ground floor of the campanile and has a marble font.  The ceiling is executed in plaster, in diagonal panels with Celtic moulding enrichments.  The same treatment was given to the Sanctuary arch and window architraves.

Opened in the Centenary Year and the Patrician Year the church commands an extensive view – with Slemish in the East to the distant Sperrins in the West with the Braid Valley in the foreground.

The choir is housed in a large gallery with tiered seating for one hundred people.  Much thought was given to lighting.  The Sanctuary has triple panelled side windows extending from ground floor level to eaves level; they are executed in leaded lights with Celtic treatment and are enriched by stained glass Mass Symbols.  These windows were by the eminent Belfast artist, Mr D Braniff, who also designed the front window panelling representing the youth Patrick on Slemish. 

The Stations of the Cross are in oils and were painted by the well known Dominican artist, Father Aengus Buckley.

The large grounds are enclosed and include an extensive car park.





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