Clonard Monastery was developed by the Catholic Redemptorists religious order. Members of this religious order came to Belfast originally in 1896. They initially built a small tin church in the grounds of Clonard House in 1897. In 1890 a monastery was opened in these grounds and in 1911 the Church of the Holy Redeemer opened in the grounds and replaced the tin church.

Clonard is also used as a music venue for many festivals in the city, most notably Féile an Phobail and holds an annual Novena which attracts over 100,000 tourists, Catholic and Protestant, from Ireland and Europe every year.



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Founded: 1890
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Paul O'Connor (2 years ago)
A beautiful early 1900's church. Absolutely magnificent inside.
Christine Hughes (2 years ago)
Beautiful church,,Everyone made to feel welcome . History behind church being built fascinating
Stephen Tyrrell (2 years ago)
The church is one of the most beautiful in Belfast. Unfortunately Clonard Monastery has lost its loyality to the Catholic faith and her Bishop. This can be seen during homilies and other events. Please pray for them. Please be warned!!! If you do not want to be scandalised.
Darran McDonnell (2 years ago)
The church is very beautiful and the concept of the yearly Novena is brilliant, as is the attendance. However, as sad as it is to say, it must be noted that in recent years Clonard Monastery does not have a reputation for being loyal to the Catholic faith, and unfortunately this shows itself quite clearly during homilies and other events. Please be warned.
sean doherty (2 years ago)
This oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city is a beautiful place to visit. If you are religious you will delight in the exquisite expression of devotion in the heart of a deprived community that the monastery represents. If you are not, you may just appreciate the peace and quiet. Either way it is hard not to be impressed by this church and the faith of the people of Belfast that it symbolises.
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