ST MARY MAGDALEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN DROGHEDA
The first thing that anyone will notice on arrival in Drogheda is the number of churches but like other towns and villages in Ireland religious observance is in rapid decline.
Louth County Council had purchased the 18th century St. Mary Magdalen’s church from the Dominican order in 2020 when they decided to leave Drogheda after almost 800 years. Apparently the Order of Preachers had decided back in 2014 to withdraw from the following locations – St Magdalen’s, Drogheda; Leeson Park in Dublin; St Dominic’s, Athy; St Saviour’s, Limerick; and St Saviour’s, Ballybeg, Waterford. Until today [16 October 2023], the only closure that I was aware of was the church in Limerick.
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