Parish Timeline

Chapel of St Nicholas’ built in Carrickfergus.

Mount St. Nicholas (the Chapel School) was then the National School in the area and was inter-denominational.

First Chapel opens in Whitehead.
Named St Colman’s.

New Chapel in Whitehead opens.
Named Our Lady of Lourdes.

St. Nicholas’ Boys’ and St. Nicholas Girls’
‘Schools replace Mount St. Nicholas National inter-denominational School.

St Nicholas’ Chapel in Carrickfergus extended. (Sanctuary and Sacristy added).

Courtaulds factory opens.

St Nicholas’ Primary School refurbished.

Greenisland Primary School opens.

I.C.I. factory opens.

Carreras factory opens.

The nuns, ‘Daughters of Jesus’ establish house in the parish (Greenisland).

Parish numbers reach 8000.
St Colmans’ Church Greenisland opens.
St Nicholas’ High School opens.
Combined Primary Schools numbers reach 700.

Town’s population increases from 11,384 in 1957 to 27,044.
Factories employing 6000 people.

Greenisland Primary numbers reach 329.

Ulster Workers strike.

Fr McGarry succeeds Father McKenna (RIP).

Parish numbers drop to 4000 (halved in 10 years).

New church opens in Carrickfergus under Fr McGarry
Courtaulds and ICI close with loss of 4000 jobs.

Carreras factory closes with loss of 850 jobs.
Greenisland Primary School reduced to one teacher.

St Nicholas’ High School closes.

Youth club closes.

Greenisland Primary School closes. Carrickfergus Intergrated Primary school opens.

Fr Hugh Crossan succeeds Fr McGarry (transferred to Protstewart, RIP 1998).

St Colman’s Church in Greenisland burnt in arson attack.

St Nicholas’ Church in Carrickfergus burnt in arson attack (Mass in Community Centre).
Fr Michael Cosgrove takes over as Parish Priest (Fr Crossan retires due to ill-health).
St Colman’s Greenisland repaired and reopens.
Small beginnings made to Inter-church relationships and meetings.

New St Nicholas’ Primary School opens in Carrickfergus to replace old building.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehead refurbished and reopened.

New St Nicholas’ Church and Pastoral Centre opens in Jubilee year. Parish numbers in region of 1800.
Parish Primary School numbers 70 (1/10th of 1969 figure). Plus approx 50 catholic children at integrated school).

Greenisland transfers to St James Parish, Whiteabbey as part of Diocesan Rationalisation Plan.

Fr Sean Dillon installed as Parish Priest.
(Fr Cosgrove moves to Larne as Parish Priest. Sadly passes away November 2006).

Youth Club reopens in Community Centre.

Fr Anthony Curran installed as Parish Priest.
(Fr Dillon moves to Glenavy and Killead as PP. Now Parish Priest Upper Mourne, Kilkeel).

Lourdes Primary School, Whitehead closes.

Fr Peter Owens installed as Parish Priest.
(Fr Curran moves to Portglenone as Parish Priest).

3-year Parish Pastoral Plan 2017-20 launched by Bishop Noel Treanor.
Bishop Treanor also opens and dedicates Lourdes Pastoral Centre in former Lourdes PS building, Whitehead.