Methodist community continues to thrive

I WRITE regarding a comment by Mary Leland in an article that concerned the anniversary of the Huguenot Church in Cork (Irish Examiner, Property, March 11).

Ms Leland referred to the Methodist Church which was on Patrick Street and which is now a fashion shop.

However, she went on to suggest that this was as a result of “congregations diminishing at the time”.

As the superintendent minister of the Methodist community in Cork, I would like to inform Ms Leland that the Methodist congregation is at least as large, if not larger, as it was when the church was on Patrick Street.

In the 1980s a decision was taken by our church to move from Patrick Street because of increasing difficulties in accessing the building, parking, etc.

We moved to Douglas Road at Ardfallen, where there is a large suite of buildings, including a church, hall and various other rooms.

These are used by the thriving Methodist community as well as by many other groups in the area. Also on that site the Methodist Church runs a 28-apartment complex of sheltered housing for elderly people.

I hope all this gives some evidence that the Methodist community is not diminishing in Cork.

Rev Laurence Graham

Superintendent Minister

Cork Circuit Methodist Church in Ireland

Woolhara Park

Douglas Road

Cork.

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