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St Luke

This late Georgian church in a simple Gothic style is located in the village of Loughgall in the heart of Co Armagh's apple growing countryside.

Loughgall, County Armagh

Opening times

The church will be open to visitors on allocated days throughout the year. Details of upcoming dates can be found on the our Facebook page.

Individual visitors who wish to access the church can do so by contacting us.

Address

Ballygasey Road
Loughgall
County Armagh
BT61 8HY

St Luke’s is embedded in the Christian heritage of Loughgall village dating back to the Culdees who were originally members of Christian monastic communities. The old church which is visible as ruins today is located close to the present church building and was in existence in 1622. It is said to have been built on the site of a 13th century church.

Following burning in the 1641 rebellion, the church was rebuild in 1740 and was in constant use up to 1795. Work began on the new church at the top of the hill in 1795 on land granted by Arthur Cope of Drumilly. It is believed to have been designed by Frances Johnston, a pupil of the famous architect Thomas Cooley who designed the Archbishops Palace, the Public Library (Robinson Library) in Armagh and the Royal School Armagh. A gallery was added in 1822 with the transepts added in 1863-66. The transepts were designed by the architect, William Joseph Barre and completed by Richard Cherry, a highly respected contractor who lived in the village. The church was consecrated on 26th October 1866 by Archbishop Marcus Gervaise Beresford and dedicated to St Luke.

From entering through the original wrought cast iron gates between square piers of limestone to the beautiful stained glass window above the panelling and altar together with the Conacher organ and the memorials contained in the church, many of which are testament to past Rectors and their service to the parish and the communities of the time, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the architecture and history of this wonderful B1 listed building.

As the church is primarily a house of worship and prayer, it is hoped that all visitors will take the opportunity to reflect on their time in the church and sense the nearer presence of God there.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Parking within 250m

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • 1st Sunday 11.30am Service of Holy Communion 2nd and 3rd Sundays 11.30am Service of Morning Prayer 4th Sunday 11.30am Family Service 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays Sunday School during church service

  • Cafe Church details on Facebook

  • Monday Girls Friendly Society Tuesday Bowling Club Thursday Junior/Senior Choir Practice 3rd Thursday Mothers Union Alternate Sunday evenings Youth Fellowship

  • Other events such as Coffee Morning, Treasure Hunt, Tractor Run, Barn Social and BBQ's throughout the year as announced on Facebook

  • Church of Ireland

  • Cornerstone Grant, £15,000, 2020

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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