Lua, after whom the church is named, is believed to have been born in 554 and to have died in the early 7th century. The affectionate prefix ‘Mo’ (Irish for my) was added to his name as an endearment. He received his formal religious training at Bangor under St Comgall and remained at the Abbey until after his ordination into the priesthood.
St Molua’s was designed by the late Denis O’D Hanna LRIBA and consecrated in 1962. Built from rustic Dungannon brick, it is 120 feet long by 60 feet wide and its 50-foot main spire soars half the height of the church again.
Despite being a relatively modern building, St Molua’s contains a wealth of unique architectural and symbolic features both inside and out.
Many of these carry a common theme – the divine plan for the redemption of mankind. Calvary is represented in the organ screens above the choir stalls and a magnificent mural, behind the altar, depicts ‘Christ in Majesty’ surrounded by angels playing musical instruments.
The church building and front boundary wall are listed by the Department of Communities as being of architectural interest.