"The first Catholic church in Belfast." Belfast Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics
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St Mary's was opened in 1784 and was the first Catholic church in the city. At the time, there were 385 Catholics listed as living in Belfast.
There were no sectarian issues then...Protestants contributed to its construction, and the 1st Belfast Volunteer Company presented a guard of honour to the priest as he entered the church for the first time.
Next door to the church is a grotto and rose garden, created in 1954 and dedicated to the manifestations of Mary at Lourdes, Knock and Fatima.
The church is in Chapel Lane, in the city centre.
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