55°14′13″N 6°19′48″W / 55.237°N 6.330°W / 55.237; -6.330

The harbour

Portbraddon or Portbraddan (from Irish Port Bradán, meaning 'port of the salmon') is a hamlet in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The hamlet has an ancient salmon fishing station. A popular saying states that Portbraddon contained the smallest church in Ireland. The building in question was constructed in the 1950s as a cow byre, which the government listed without prior research.[1] The church, which was named after St. Gobban, and measured 11 feet 4 inches (3.45 m) long, 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) wide, was demolished in 2017 by the new owner.[2]

St. Gobban's Chapel, which was considered by many the smallest church in Ireland until 2017, can be seen on the left.[2]


  1. ^ "Portbraddon". North Antrim. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b Preston, Allan (29 June 2017). "Dismay and fond memories: Demolition of Ireland's smallest church - St Gobban's". Belfast Telegraph. Belfast: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 22 November 2021.