St Brendan's

St Brendan's was officially closed as a parish community on Monday 20th July 2009.

All enquiries should be addressed to the Parish Priest at the St Mary's contact address.

The registers of St Brendan's are now kept at St Mary's.

Bishop Cunningham's statement re St Brendan's Saltcoats

History of St Brendan's Church

On the 26th September 1965 Rev Patrick Gunning, formerly in charge of St Sophia’s RC Church, Galston, celebrated the first mass at 1pm in the new church. This was the official opening, yet Bishop Joseph McGee was not present. It is believed he may have been in Rome for the Vatican Council which was in its closing stages at this time. The plaque in the church states that the church was dedicated to the glory of God under the patronage of St Brendan the Navigator.

Present, but ill and frail in the congregation was the Very Rev Michael Canon O’Connor, parish priest of St Mary’s and founder of the newest daughter church. The church and presbytery cost more than £70,000 to built. Due to intensive fund-raising by parishioners and wise investment by the Canon the church was opened virtually debt free.

The building was designed in the contemporary style of the Sixties. It is surrounded by a raised foot-walk and has a spacious entrance hall or porch which is separated from the nave by a glass screen decorated with ironwork. The sanctuary has an altar and pulpit of Connemara marble.