The Parish Church of St Malachy was built in 1636 and restored in the 18th century by Wills Hill, the first Marquis of Downshire. The church stands on the summit of a gentle slope in the centre of the village and is essentially the same as it was when Wills Hill completed his work of enlargement and restoration in 1772.
As with any building of considerable age, areas of the church and grounds have been modernised over time, reflecting the progressive development of the way people have sought to meet together and worship God.
The Parish Churchyard is a special place situated to the north of the church of St Malachy and is surrounded by trees and the sound of village life. Here may be found the burial place of the Harty family; the famous conductor and composer Sir Hamilton Harty’s ashes are marked by a bird bath on the south side of the church. Near the lychgate to the left a stone records the burial place of Bishop Richard Mant, the hymn writer.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.
Opening times:Church is open daylight hours Monday-Saturday all year round; Sunday opening times as per scheduled services on the church website.
Parish Office in adjacent "Downshire Centre" building open weekday mornings, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Summer time opening hours for Parish Office apply; please see our website for full information.
Toilet facilities available in the Downshire Centre during Parish Office opening hours only.
Car park (pay and display Monday-Saturday) located to left hand side of church; on-street parking - restricted to one hour where indicated - throughout the village.
Prices:No charge for entry to the church; local authority car park charges apply in adjacent car park. On-street parking invariably free of charge though be mindful of time restrictions!
Location / Directions
From north (Lisburn):
Follow the A1 southbound from Lisburn; Hillsborough is signposted and the church is located in the centre of the village on the left hand side.
From south (Newry/Dublin):
Follow the A1 northbound and take the turning signposted Hillsborough. The road leads you through the centre of the village; drive down the hill on Main Street and the church is at the bottom of the hill on the right hand side.
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