The Church

Ramelton Presbyterian Church, Ramelton, Co Donegal, F92 AW77

The town of Ramelton lies on the River Lennon where it enters the Lough Swilly estuary about 8 miles north of Letterkenny.  There has been a long history of Presbyterianism in the local area dating back to the early 1600’s. Indeed Rev. Francis Makemie who is known as the ‘Father of American Presbyterianism’ was born near Ramelton and worshipped in the old meeting house in town.  The lessons of history are interesting and important for us to remember, but as a congregation of God’s people we wish to place the emphasis on our future, rather than dwelling on our storied past.

Ramelton Presbyterian – was formed on the 1st January 1990 by an amalgamation of First Ramelton and Second Ramelton congregations.  First congregation contributed their church building and church hall and Second Ramelton provided their manse to the union. Our minister is Rev. Richard Tregaskis, who was ordained and installed in November 2020. He is married to Julie and they have three teenage girls, Beth, Sarah and Kate.

We presently have 140 families associated with our congregation, a number that has remained steady and even grown slightly over recent years.  We consider ourselves a rural congregation with many families involved in farming and associated activities.  But as the rural landscape continues to change in Donegal, the employment profile of our members is moving to non-agricultural employment particularly the service sector.

As well as our Sunday worship service, our weekly church activities include Sunday School & Bible Class, Children’s Church, Youth Fellowship, Girl’s Brigade, PW Association, Bowling Club, Jr. Badminton, and Mothers & Toddlers.

We also share in joint services usually at Easter and Christmas with our sister congregation in Kilmacrennan.