An apt and graceful setting for your eternal vows
Whether your dream is for a church wedding, or you wish to make your vows before friends and family in the relaxed and refined surroundings of our Manor House, formal gardens, or the bright and pretty Gallery – there is a choice at Rockhill to suit you down to the ground and make your ceremony extra special.
On Site Ceremonies:
Rockhill House is the perfect location for civil ceremonies and blessings – if you choose to hold your ceremony here you can enjoy the magic of designing the full stretch of the day in this magnificent, multi-faceted location! Making your vows together in the beautiful gardens or in the picturesque Gallery will be a magical and momentous beginning to your great day; flowing smoothly on from one space to the next and arriving in the end to the breathtaking Orangerie for your delicious meal and endless dancing. Whatever kind of ceremony or blessing you would like to plan at Rockhill, we will be here to help with all arrangements and to ensure that everything about it is exactly as you had hoped for.
Church and Religious Ceremonies:
If you are planning a church wedding, there are churches of all Christian denominations in close proximity, including the beautiful Catholic cathedral, St Eunan’s, in Letterkenny; the historic Trinity Presbyterian Church on the town’s main street; and the pretty Conwal Parish Church (Church of Ireland) which dates to the 17th Century and neighbours the cathedral.
Donegal also has strong Jewish, Orthodox, Muslim and Hindu communities we will happily help you connect with.
St Eunan's Cathedral
If you are married in St Eunan’s it will be very special then to arrive at Rockhill and look back across the fields to its towering spire beyond – perhaps the first photo opportunity of the party part of your day!
St Eunan’s is a Victorian neo-Gothic style cathedral designed by the Dublin architect William Hague, which opened on June 16, 1901. Its spire reaches to 240 feet and its unmistakeable white sandstone was shipped along the coast from Mountcharles and along the Swilly river before being carried piece by piece to the hillside site by Letterkenny’s citizens. The cathedral is furnished in oak, with a marble pulpit by Dublin’s Pearse brothers, stained glass by Mayer of Munich, and ceilings by Amici of Rome. The Great Arch depicts the lives of St. Eunan (better known as St Adhamhnáin) and St. Columba, and among the sculptures are works by by William Pearse who took part in the Easter Rising. The bell chamber of St Eunan’s holds 12 bells – each named for the saints of Tir Conail – and the 12th one weighs 2.25 tonnes.
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Trinity Presbyterian Church is located on Upper Main Street at the site of the earliest 'Meeting House' for Presbyterians, dated with a stone that notes the origin of the congregation as 1640. Presbyterianism in Letterkenny has a history of more than 370 years, with the Rev. William Semple on record as officiating in the town from 1648 to 1674. The original 'Meeting House' is likely to have been a large thatched building on the Main Street site. There was a rebuild in 1909 to house what was then known as the First Letterkenny Church but 12 years later – amid Civil War strife – this building was destroyed by a fire and worshippers were taken in by neighbouring congregations to share their premises.By 1916, the building had been restored and at this point the name ‘Trinity’ was officially adopted.
Conwal Church of Ireland
Conwal Parish Church occupies a site just opposite St Eunan’s Cathedral and dates to the 17th century. It is rubble built with an ashlar spire and the interior retains its early 19th century cast-iron circular roof, trusses and a short gallery and twisted brass brackets. The chalice and paten, which date to 1744,are still currently in use.
The remains of the outlaw Redmond O'Hanlon are located on church grounds, and an obelisk at the east side of the church commemorates Rev. Dr. John Kinnear, a Presbyterian minister, local MP and Tenants Rights campaigner in the 1880s. Guests of Rockhill House may be interested to view the memorial to Gerald Charles Stewart & John Maurice Stewart–grandsons of the estate’s Georgian era owner, John Vandeleur Stewart. Both men died in battle in World War One and are buried at Flanders.