The demolition has begun of a Catholic Church in Ballymena which had previously been the scene of loyalist protests.
Our Lady’s in Harryville church was opened in 1968.
“The design of the building was very adventurous,” church authorities said in July. “However, problems with water ingress were never fully resolved over the years.”
The building has been “unsafe” for some time and the cost of repair was “prohibitive”.
There were loyalist demonstrations outside the church from 1996-98 in response to nationalist objections to an Orange Order parade in Dunloy.
After watching the demolition, SDLP councillor Declan O’Loan said it was “very sad” to see the church coming down.