12. St. Peter's Church
A fifteenth century Vatican document records the presence of a Church on this site. The building was ceded to the established (Anglican) Church in 1594. The fine neo-gothic Church that stands here now was re-built in 1815.
St. Mogue is credited in his time with building the first church on Inch Island. A Roman document of 1416 shows that there is still a church on the island although by this time a new church had been built on the mainland. The new church, Templeport, was sequestered in 1590 and handed over to the state church of King James I in 1609. Since then it has been the property of the Church of Ireland. It has been renovated at least twice and had a particularly extensive upgrading or rebuilding in 1815 at a cost of £1500 which was a huge sum in those times. It is now called St. Peter's Church.
The Parish of Templeport derives its name from this site, Teampall a’ Phoirt (The Church on the bank).
Visit the Church web site at www.stpeter.utvinternet.com
St Peter's Church Templeport from above (photo © NR 19-08-06)
2 January, 2009 15:35