8 Holy Trinity Church

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Take a little detour to the right and cross the road to see another of Portlaw’s distinguished buildings.

The Holy Trinity Church is situated on Church Road. It was built in 1851 and designed by William Tinsley. The church was consecrated on September 6th, 1852. It replaced the other Clonegam Church, which was built in 1741 and which is still used from time to time.

The building is made of sandstone and has a tiled roof. It is built in a Gothic Revival style. There are lots of stained-glass windows. Inside the church the floor is tiled and the seats are made of oak. The choir area and the altar are higher than the rest of the church.

There is a very old pipe-organ in the church. Wind is blown into the organ by an electric fan. Once, it had a handle, which had to be turned by a person. Richard Coe’s granddad used to turn the handle when he was young. He is now the caretaker of the church. Holy Trinity is part of the Fiddown Union of Churches. Piltown and Kilmeaden are the other churches in the union. Services are held on important church festivals and on some holy days. The present rector is Reverand George Cliff.

Legend goes that on Halloween night, if you hop around the church three times, run around it three times, knock on the main entrance three times, and then open the door, you might see a ghost.

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