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Ballygowan RC

County : Antrim

Denomination : Roman Catholic

Graveyard Name : Ballygowan RC

Civil Parish : Raloo

Town / Townland : Ballygowan

OS Reference : J348977

Other Information : This is in the towniand of Ballygowan and parish of Raloo but in 1788 when Friar MacCary organised the building of the chapel, it was the only one to serve the united Roman Catholic parish of Larne and Carrickfergus (it is now within the parish of Ballyclare and Ballygowan) One end was partitioned off for the dwelling of the priest In 1840 the chapel still had an earthen floor A sectarian bombing on the night of 20 March 1969 damaged the small entrance porch and the opportunity was taken to replace it with a larger one, which is practical, but unfortunately out of harmony with the older structure At this time the west gable also lost its brightly painted plaster carvings in alto relievo Within the porch can be seen the holy water font which the Rev Arthur O'Neill PP brought from Ballykeel, Island-Magee All stones bearing dates of death before 1900 have been copied The earliest date is 1828.

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