St Brigids Roman Catholic Church

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St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church in Portumna Town was commissioned by the late Fr. P. Jennings, Parish Priest in the 1950s, designed by Messrs. W. H. Byrne, and built by John Meenaghan, Contractors, Dublin. The material used in this Church is Cut Stone and Mahogany. Cut stone from the ruin of the new Castle in Portumna Forest Park was used to build the new Church at Portumna. Nothing remains today of the New Castle only the view to the lake from its site (now the car park in the Forest Park). The Church was solemnly opened and blessed by Most Rev. William Philbin on May 11, 1961. Bishop Hanley of Elphin preached the first sermon. The spire was added later, and built by Thomas Mitchell, Contractors. The Church has seating accommodation for about 900 people. The mahogany seats, confessionals, bespoke furniture were all manufactured on the site by Paul Connolly who was employed full time by Fr. Jennings until the job was completed. Most of the furnishings were donated. To the west of the Altar is the nun's chapel which is now used by for coffee mornings by Parishioners. The site was once the old Town Fair Green