Michael Ring T.D., the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today launched an exhibition to mark the centenary of St Patrick’s Church, Newport which was dedicated in 1918.

Minister Ring said: “This exhibition not only tells the story of the creation and history of the church but also the story of the many people associated with it. These included Reverend Joseph Walsh, a native of Newport who became the Archbishop of Tuam; Cannon Michael McDonald, who sold his life insurance policy to commission the famous Harry Clarke windows; and the local merchant, Martin Carey who left the enormous sum of £10,000 in his will in 1909 to help build the church.

The exhibition contains the original plans drawn up by renowned architect, Rudolf Maximillian Butler to original photos, vestments and memorabilia and the historical background of the church including its predecessors in the vicinity.

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