Belfast Telegraph

Sailortown church gets new start

By Adrian Rutherford

A deconsecrated church building in what was once Belfast's working-class dockland community has been officially reopened.

St Joseph's Church in Sailortown shut in 2001, despite a campaign by parishioners to keep it open.

A threat of demolition was staved off after a funding campaign by the Sailortown Regeneration Group.

The opening ceremony was performed yesterday by Nuala McAllister, the Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Terry McKeown of Sailortown Regeneration Group said: "Many old buildings are being knocked down around Belfast. We own the last vestige of history of Old Sailortown and we want to keep it for the people here."

St Joseph's was the focal point for the Sailortown community for generations until the area was decimated to make way for the M2 in the 1960s.

It was designated for de-consecration in 1999.

Belfast Telegraph

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