St Patrick

The chapel dates to January 1839, pre famine times and is of historic significance locally and in County Fermanagh.

About this church

It is situated close to Drumskinney Stone Circle (which hosts hundreds of visitors per year), Drumoney Falls, waterfalls of some note and the village of Ederney, a quaint settlement of cultural and tourist interest.

It was almost impossible to get permission to build a Catholic chapel at the time Montiagh was planned, however, the local priest upon death of the landlord told his son that his father had promised the land (even though he hadn't) and the son gave permission.

With the exception of the roof, the chapel was the result of voluntary labour using local stones and kilns. The stone work, windows and graveyard are all of historical interest with graves dating back to 1874 and facing east, which was the tradition at the time, that they may face the rising son. The roof, windows and guttering date to 1901-1903 so they have withstood the passage of time.

Close by are standing stones, Drumskinney stone circle and a mass rock and tunnels. The chapel is a community social point for this small border, rural community near the 'three points' where counties Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal meet, as well as two land borders.

In the graveyard there is a stone marking Michael Barrett who was born in the nearby town land of Drumnagreshial. Barrett was the last man to be publicly hanged in England, for his part in the Clerkenwell explosion in December 1867.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church

Other nearby churches

St Bestius

The famous hymn writer, Cecil Frances Alexander, was the wife of a former Rector Revd William Alexander, she wrote approx. 150 hymns, including 'There is a green hill far away' and 'All things bright & beautiful'.

Help support ExploreChurches by becoming a Friend of the National Churches Trust