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Unholy row over St Gobban’s

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Unholy row over St Gobban’s thumbnailSt Gobban’s Church which was believed to be the smallest church in Ireland

COUNCILLORS have expressed their sadness following the revelation that St Gobban's Church in Portbradden has been demolished.
Reputed to be the smallest church in Ireland, a campaign was launched to save the place of worship which went on the market in late 2015.
The property had been sealed off by a large wooden fence restricting the view but local resident Nevin Taggart, who runs the North Antrim Local Interest List website, posted online pictures of the scene. The roof of the church which had once been visible over the top of the fence can no longer be seen.
Built in the 1950s, the tiny non-denominational church measured just 11ft 4in by 6ft 9in. Despite its size, St Gobban's hosted dozens of marriage services over the years.
Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane said: "It is disappointing that St Gobban's has been demolished. While many people may argue the legitimacy of it ever being a 'Church' there's no doubt that it became a huge attraction for visitors to the area and local people alike.

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