Shiaght Laa 10th June 2021
Thursday, June 10th, 2021 - 25 minutes
Finch Hill Church in Buck's Road, Douglas was opened on 10th June 1868. It closed for worship in the 1970s, and, despite being registered for its historic and architectural interest in 1989, no-one was able to adapt a use for its facilities and it was demolished in 1997.
St Barnabas's, in the heart of old Douglas, could seat up to 1,500 people. It's congregation dwindled and it was closed for worship in 1959, and it was demolished in 1969. The foundation was laid on the Feast Day of St Barnabas, 11th June in the year 1830.
Colum Killey, St Columba of the Church, was born in 521, so is being celebrated in Ireland and Scotland with a year-long initiative, Colmcille 1500. The Island also celebrates Colum Killey, with the parish church of Kirk Arbory dedicated to him. From his feast day on 9th June until 9th July, the Island is holding a celebration of the Manx language, Gaelg 21, and Yn Greinneyder, Culture Vannin's Manx Language Development Officer, Ruth Keggin, tells us about that.