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St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Barooga

12/12/2015

The actual opening date of the original St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Barooga is not recorded in the book “Barooga and Districts, Yesterday and Today”, which states “the date of erection is not certain, but it is in record that a wedding, probably the first in Barooga, was celebrated at St Joseph's in February 1907, when Mr and Mrs PJ Quinane were the couple married”. I have been able to ascertain from Mr Tom Danaher that the Church was first utilised in 1901 and the Quinane nuptials are believed to have been the third wedding. 

The small St Joseph’s Church was referred to in the poem by Father Pat Hartigan “The Church upon the Hill” written under his nom de plume ‘John O’Brien’. The poem can be found at 
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Church_Upon_the_Hill 

St Joseph's catered to the community of Barooga and surrounding areas until it was decided that it was too small to fit the ever growing congregation. The new larger church was built in 2007, the first service in the new Church being 14 October 2007. The old Church was later sold off and then destroyed when it was found that it could not be relocated.


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