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 Funny I can easily appreciate the artistry and architecture of any church, of any denomination.

The history behind the older ones are often fasinating and Belfast’s oldest Catholic church is no exception. Thankfully I don’t have to be religious to admire these qualities, and I did so last week.

It was the 30th May, 1834 and the first Catholic Church in Belfast (St.Mary’s) opens it’s doors, largely thanks to two other religious groups.

Yes the good Protestant people of Belfast coughed up enough cash to build a place for the 400 or so Cathloics to praise their own version of God.

I’m not sure this religious tolerance exists in all parts of the world today…much the pity!

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