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St John the Evangelist, Killyleagh Parish Church, Church Hill, Killyleagh

Contact Details

34 Inishbeg
BT30 9TR

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T: 028 4482 8231 / 07925 672340


Killyleagh is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough some six miles from Downpatrick (North) and within twenty miles of Belfast.


  • Revd Colin Darling
  • Organist: Mark Haffield

About Us

The Present

 We are a church for everyone – for those who have been a Christian for many years and for those who just want to learn a bit more about Jesus. We are committed to following Jesus and we try to live like him, though we don’t always get it right! 

As a local congregation, we try to make disciples of all age groups. It is important to us to care for everyone and build a Christian community where all are equally valued and anyone can serve.

Some of our normal activities are on hold currently as our parish hall is being rebuilt, with a scheduled completion date  in October 2017.

The Church of St John the Evangelist, Parish of Killyleagh, is one of the oldest churches still in use in Ireland. Dating to medieval times, by the early 1600’s, it was in a bad state of repair. The present church was built by James Hamilton (later to become Viscount Clandeboye) and consecrated on the 2nd October 1640. The church and surrounding graveyard occupy 1.5 acres on an enviable, elevated site overlooking the town and Strangford Lough – there can’t be many better views from church grounds anywhere in Ireland..

Rev. Dr. Edward Hincks (1792–1866), a famous Assyriologist and one of the decipherers of Mesopotamian cunieform, was one of the church’s past rectors. Another famous son of Killyleagh was Sir Hans Sloane, physician and naturalist (1660–1753). He helped establish the British Museum and rose to become the only man to be President of the Royal College of Physicians and President of the Royal Society. Hans Sloane also is credited with the recipe behind Cadbury’s chocolate!! See more details about the history of the parish and some of its people on the parish website

The Future

With a new Rector, in situ for less than a year, and the blessing of a new parish hall, which will present many opportunities for our Christian family to grow, in number and in spirit, the parishioners and people of Killyleagh are excitedly optimistic about the future.


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