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APPRECIATING  ENNISKILLEN’S  ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE   

Wednesday 24 September 2014     

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust which was founded in 1995 and exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance has run several seminars and conferences over many years. It also organised with UTV and the NIEA the very successful Church Maintenance award scheme of 2006. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown and Derry/Londonderry.  2012 saw a major publication ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’.   

This latest event run in collaboration with Enniskillen Churches involves a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the town’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.  

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.  

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.  

The walking tour includes the following churches: Darling St Methodist Church, St Michael’s Catholic Church, St Macartin’s Cathedral and Scots Presbyterian Church    

Programme:   

2.30 pm Walking Tour begins at Darling Street. Welcome to UHCT by Chairman of  Fermanagh District Council.   

3.15 pm St Michael’s Catholic Church  

3.45 pm St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral  

4.30 pm Scots Presbyterian Church  

5.00 pm Refreshments (Bridge Centre)  

5.45 pm Address by Manus Deery, Assistant Director, NIEA   

(If you are unable to join us for the whole walkabout, then please feel free to join us at whatever point is convenient for you. If you are solely interested in the talk on church maintenance issues, you are welcome at the Bridge Centre, Scots Presbyterian Church, Church Street from 5.00pm)  

Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale  

  

For further information about this event contact:  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    or Tel: 079 7953 0379  

or visit our website:  www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org       

Parking: There are several Pay and Display car parks along Wellington Road and on-street parking is also available. 

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Should Churches be Converted?

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A debate & discussion in

St Thomas’s Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast,

on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 7.30pm

 

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society invites members and non-members to participate in a discussion on whether or not it is right to convert redundant churches to new uses.

 

In November 2012 the Ulster Historic Churches Trust (UHCT) published New Life for Churches in Ireland – good practice in conversion and reuse. In the Preface the Chairman of the Trust, Primrose Wilson, stated that ‘Ireland’s ecclesiastical buildings are part of the backdrop and fabric of our lives….. Fortunately the majority of our churches remain in use as places of worship and are well-loved and respected in their communities.’ However when a place of worship becomes redundant it can be demolished (if it is not listed) or become a decaying object of pity.  Converting it to a new use may well breathe new life into the community of which it forms a part or it is better if it disappears altogether? The Trust hoped that its publication will raise awareness of the issues and stimulate further debate and discussion and this event in St Thomas’s forms a part of this dialogue. Copies of New Life for Churches in Ireland can be purchased on line at www.ulsterhistoricchurches.com and will be for sale on 30 January.

 

The Society is delighted that the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor, will act as Chairman for the evening. In order to set the scene Primrose Wilson will explain the rationale behind the publication. Then Dr Paul Harron, Editor and author, will outline the successful conversion of the former Fransiscan Church in Drogheda. Visited by UAHS members in 2013 it has become the Highlanes Gallery and is well used by the local community. Afterwards Nathan Armstrong who was the architect for the conversion of Tattykeeran Church, near Brookeborough, Co.Fermanagh, runner-up in the 2012 BBC Northern Ireland House of the Year programme, will present his project. Then the floor will be open for discussion and debate.

 

St Thomas’s Church was designed by John Lanyon and consecrated in 1870. It is located at the junction of Lisburn Road and Eglantine Avenue. In 2008 major renovations were carried out and it is now frequently used for a variety of community uses as well as being a place of worship. The Society is grateful to the Rector and Select Vestry for the use of the building for this event. The cost of the event, which includes a glass of wine, is £10 per person. Closing date for applications is 27th January 2014.

 

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Application to attend the discussion ‘Should Churches be Converted?’

 

To: The Administrator, UAHS, 66 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1BU

 

NAME(S)____________________________ Tel No.______________ EMAIL___________________

 

ADDRESS:____________________________________________ POST CODE__________________

 

I enclose cash/cheque made payable to the UAHS for £10.00 per person

 

Visa/MasterCard No:___________________________ Expiry Date_____________ 3digit code_____         

 

Signature __________________(Please note your financial details will not be retained on file)

 

 
   

 

 


 

 

 
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Walking Tour of Derry's Churches

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We left a rainy Belfast equipped with umbrellas and wet weather gear only to arrive in Derry to bright skies and sunshine!  Led by Manus Deery, Assistant Director of NIEA, we started our tour at Carlisle Road Methodist Church just outside Derry’s Walls, where we were welcomed by the minister, the Rev Louise Donald and the Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly.  A large imposing Gothic style building set right on the footpath with flying buttresses, steeply pitched slated roof and polygonal baptistery, the interior was a revelation.  Beautifully carved timber pews, pulpit and gallery shone deeply against the pale upper walls.  The Art Nouveau-style stained glass windows allowed the building to be flooded with light and the acoustics, thanks to the skill of the architect, Albert Forman, are second to none.

From Carlisle Road, we walked up on to the Walls and round to the imposing St Columb’s Cathedral sited at the highest point of the city.  After a talk on the history and the architectural development of the cathedral by Manus Deery we were joined by the Dean, The Very Rev'd William W Morton, who welcomed us to the building.  On display were the Promise Chalice, the Bishop’s Chair and a pair of beautiful silver tankards as well as the many monuments and flags. 

Leaving the Cathedral we passed out of the Walls, this time using the Bishop’s Gate on our way to the Long Tower Church. Manus, again gave an excellent talk on the development of the site from earliest times and a member of the congregation was on hand to complete the story.  The large T shaped plan has an ornate neo-Renaissance style interior with paired marble columns, three sets of the Stations of the Cross and a rare glass mosaic ‘opus sectile’ behind the altar which remains, together with the altar rails, in its original position.  After viewing the restoration of the former school building to the rear of the church, which will become the St Columba’s Heritage Centre, we returned to the Walled City, walking along the west wall to St Augustine’s Church of Ireland.

Originally built as a Chapel of Ease, St. Augustine’s is located on the original Abbey site.  It was built to the designs of J G Ferguson – a three-bay gabled diminutive Gothic church with bell cote and hammer beam roof.  Here we were welcomed by Hazel Philson, author of ‘The Little Church on the Walls’, who gave a brief talk on the fifteen hundred years history of the site. 

As the afternoon became colder, we walked farther down the walls to the newly restored First Derry Presbyterian Church, the final building on our tour.  One of the Elders of the church welcomed us into the warmth of the church before giving a presentation on the recent repair scheme.  From a building with major structural problems, a fire and then being closed for eight years, the church raised sufficient funding to allow a complete renovation and re-opened for worship in May 2011.  After a tour of the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre, the church provided very welcome refreshments before Manus concluded the day with a very interesting and informative talk on church maintenance.

 

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Castletown Follies bus is now full

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I'm afarid we cannot take any more bookings for this trip as the bus is full.

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The Conolly folly is an obelisk mounted on arches and adorned with stone eagles and pineapples. It is 140 feet high and closes the vista at the rear of Castletown house though it was built on the Carton estate, which belonged to the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. Designed almost certainly by Richard Castle, who was working on Carton house at the time, it was erected in 1740 at the behest of Lady Louisa Conolly to provide employment and relieve the suffering after the severe winter of 1739.

It is Ireland’s best known folly and the emblem of the Irish Georgian Society.

The day will begin with coffee at Castletown House at 10am and will be followed by a lecture on the restoration of the Conolly folly by Ana Dolan, senior conservation architect with the National Monuments Service of the Office of Public Works. Then we visit the Conolly folly by bus and, by kind permission of OPW, will be able to access normally inaccessible aspects of the structure. Afterwards we will tour the other follies in the Castletown estate including the Batty Langley lodge, Mrs Siddons temple and admire the Wonderful Barn.  

We return to the Café at Castletown for a light lunch and afterwards there will be a tour of the house which will conclude about 4pm.

The cost for this event is £35/€40 which includes coffee, lunch, bus and all expenses; cheques (either euro or sterling) should be made payable to the Follies Trust and sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.
Numbers are limited for this event so please book early.


Name/s:...........................................................................................................................................................................

Email address:..................................................................................................................................................................
Confirmation of receipt of booking will be by email only

Sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.

I enclose a cheque for £35/€40 per person made payable to the Follies Trust

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This event run in collaboration with Derry/Londonderry Churches involves a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the city’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.
We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.
You are warmly invited to join us for this event.
The walking tour includes the following churches: Carlisle Road Methodist, St Columb’s Cathedral, St Columba’s, Long Tower, St Augustine’s and First Derry Presbyterian.

See attached document for further details.UHCT_Derry/Londonderry-Flyer-.pdf

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Walking Tours

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Since 2009 UHCT has organised annual walking tours of churches in Ulster towns - visiting Cookstown, Newtownards and Portadown; in Cookstown there were visits to Molesworth Presbyterian, Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Loy Street Methodist and Derryloran Parish Church. The following year in Newtownards UHCT visited St Patrick’s, Regent Street Presbyterian, St. Mark’s and Regent Street Methodist church. On the walking tours we were joined by local people who were interested in and knowledgeable about the history of their churches but less aware of the building’s architectural heritage and contribution to their town’s streetscape.

In 2011 the walking tour of Portadown commenced at Armagh Road Presbyterian Church and then visited St Mark’s, Thomas Street Methodist, Society of Friends Meeting House and St Patrick’s. These visits are designed to raise awareness of the rich ecclesiastical architectural heritage of our towns and cities. The tour concluded with an illustrated talk by the Principal Conservation Architect in NIEA’s Historic Buildings Unit, Manus Deery, on how best to maintain these buildings for future generations to enjoy.

In 2013 UHCT will undertake a similar walking tour in Derry/Londonderry on Thursday 26 September.

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