Holy Trinity Church, Castlerea
Castlerea Community Arts Group Ltd is working to safeguard, restore and sensitively rejuvenate a building of great architectural, cultural and historical significance – Holy Trinity Church, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
The Holy Trinity Church of Ireland was completed in 1819 on a rood of ground given by the Sandford Family of Castlerea House the landlords who were settled in Castlerea and lived there between 1649 and 1914. The memory of the Sandford Family is honoured in two stained-glass windows in Holy Trinity Church.
This current church replaced the first Protestant church which was situated in the Holy Trinity cemetery, located just off Barrack St. adjacent to the current Garda Station. The ruin of this building is still visible in the graveyard. A rich and fascinating heritage is recorded in the Castlerea area - the first President of Ireland, Dr. Douglas Hyde, was born in Castlerea and christened in the Church. Sir William Wilde, father of Oscar, was a member of the Church when his father served there as a rector in the middle of the 19th century.