St Matthews Church

St Matthews Church

St Matthews Church sits at the junction of the Woodvale and Shankill Roads and has served the community since 1869.  Designed and built by the renowned architects, Welland and Gillespie, who built many Church of Ireland churches throughout the North and South of Ireland.

St Matthews is built in the shape of the shamrock and the ancient Irish symbol of a round tower.

This building replaced the one where St Matthews parochial hall now stands.  This site is believed to be the oldest Christian site in Belfast, dating back to around 455AD.  It is said that St Patrick himself visited this site.  The name Shankill means Old Church in Gaelic.
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