Dunoon, Our Lady and St Mun’s Catholic Church

The New Statistical Account of Scotland (1844) notes that at this period “there are at present, so far as known, only three Roman Catholic’s resident in the United Parishes of Dunoon and Kilmun, Synod of Argyll”: in the years between then and 1862 the numbers had grown significantly, claimed to be as a direct result of Irish in-comers fleeing from the horrors of the Potato Famine. Relationships between Cowal and Ireland had been built up for decades through trade so it is not surprising that for many of the destitue Irish, Cowal would be the place they would turn to for refuge and work. Also to some extent the numbers increased with the seasonal influx of holiday visitors