First ordination since 1214
The flickering candlelight reflected the sense of history as the first ordination in over 800 years took place in St Nicholas' Church of Ireland on Friday evening.
The Rev'd Captain Geoffrey Walmsley became the first Deacon to be ordained at the historic church since 1214.
It was an emotional occasion for the Kilkeel native, who was watched by his wife Christine, son Thomas and daughters Sarah, Grace and Chloe, as he was ordained by the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
Rev'd Captain Walmsley has been in Dundalk for the past three years and intends to continue ministering in the group of parishes which also includes Haynestown, Ballymascanlon, Bush and Creggan, when he is ordained to the priesthood following the completion of his theological studies next year.
The church was beautifully decorated for the historic occasion and the music, chosen by Rev'd Captain Walmsley himself, was performed by the choir and organised.
Clergy from neighbouring parishes and other nominations gathered with parishioners to congratulate the newly ordained Deacon.