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3904 182nd Rd. (Co. Line Rd. 182)
Concession 1, Lot 26
Municipality of West Perth
From St. Columban R.C. Church 75th anniversary booklet:
The village of St. Columban was once called Irishtown. The first Catholic public masses were said in a tavern on lot 29 in 1832 and in the home of Dennis Downey in 1835. Rev. Father J.B. Werreat, a German Priest from Waterloo, stopped at the Downey home on a mission to Goderich and stayed several days. These were among the first religious services attended by the early settlers.
Under the direction of Rev. Peter Schneider of Goderich, known as the apostle of the Huron Tract, a log church was built on Con. 1, lot 9 of McKillop Twp. on land donated by Dennis Downey. In 1864 a large brick church to be called St. Columban, was built when Rev. Dean James Murphy was priest.
The present cemetery was opened in 1866. During the 1870s bodies from the old burying grounds at the rear of the church were interred in the new lot.
In 1900 St. Columban was divided when Dublin built a church. St. Columban became a parish and Irishtown was renamed St. Columban. The church burned in 1909 and was rebuilt and blessed in 1911.