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Convent of Mercy

Convent of Mercy

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Walking through the grounds of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church to the left of the church is the Convent of Mercy.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy was founded in Dublin by Catherine McAuley in 1831. On 21 June 1855, three Sisters arrived in Downpatrick to establish a school to provide education for the children of the area. Until 2011, the Sisters of Mercy were a constant presence, providing educational opportunities to all ages from 3 to 18.

The splendid gothic-style building, positioned beside the Parish Church, which was designed by Mortimer H Thompson of Belfast, was home to the Sisters from 1873 until the Convent closed in July 2011.

Continuing on, you will arrive at Market Street.

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