The life of a Parish Priest could be a rather solitary existence, conducting the daily services and looking after the welfare, both spiritual and temporal, of his parish. Most priests lived relatively simple lives dedicated to the needs of others as well as to religious obligations such as prayer and study.
This simplicity is reflected in the plain furnishings of the house.
The original of this building was built about 1840 in Newtownards where it was closely associated with St Patrick's Catholic Church. It has since been demolished but in its life it was used as a parochial house, a school and a residence for the church caretaker.
Replica, location of original: Ann Street, Newtownards, County Down
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