Churches Trust Grant for Clanabogan Parish Church

Clanabogan Parish Church near Omagh is one of seven much-loved Northern Ireland churches to share £30,000 of funding from the National Churches Trust. Its award is part of the Treasure Ireland project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the Department of Communities.

Clanabogan Parish Church is over 150 years old, having been built in 1863 in a Gothic Revival style. Inside the church unique features including memorials, ornately detailed marble and mosaic tiles. The church has been awardeda grant of £3,406 to repoint the Chanel gable exterior wall with lime mortar to counter the effects of damp seeping through the walls.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive Officer of the National Churches Trust said: “Northern Ireland’s historic churches and chapels play a vital part in its national heritage and have done so much to help local people during the COVID-19 lockdown. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.

“So, I’m delighted that the Treasure Ireland project is able to support seven churches and chapels, with funding that will help secure the future of these historic buildings.”

Paul Mullan, the National Lottery Heritage Fund Director for Northern Ireland, added: “We’re delighted to support these seven churches to carry out urgent repairs and help preserve the heritage of these historic buildings. We’re grateful to National Lottery players for making it possible and ensuring they are able to continue engaging with a wide range of audiences.”

Other churches to receive grants are: St Macartan’s (Forth Chapel), Augher; St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast; Newtownbreda Baptist Church; St Patrick’s Parish Church, Gortin Village, Omagh; the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane; and Waringstown Presbyterian Church.