Durkan welcomes conservation of Enagh medieval church ruins

Minister Mark H Durkan (centre) visiting the Enagh medieval church ruins with Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect, and Kara Ward, Inspector of Historic Monuments, Historic Environment Division, DOE. Photo: Lorcan Doherty.
Minister Mark H Durkan (centre) visiting the Enagh medieval church ruins with Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect, and Kara Ward, Inspector of Historic Monuments, Historic Environment Division, DOE. Photo: Lorcan Doherty.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has paid a visit to a newly-conserved medieval church ruin on the outskirts of Derry.

The church ruins, which are the main upstanding remains of a medieval church site, are located on the edge of Enagh Lough - situated to the north east of the city - a site of considerable historical and archaeological interest.

Minister Durkan said: “This conservation project at Enagh Church is an important intervention by my Department in protecting the heritage of this site and promoting the heritage of the whole area. It is an example of where my department has taken action to make sure these medieval ruins survive for the future, that people can visit and see them.

“New interpretive information further adds to the offering these sites can make to the visitor, be they from nearby or tourists from further afield.”

“The contribution I have made to this and other historical sites in the area means that these unique, special places will survive into the future. Sites like Enagh Church are key parts of our archaeological heritage, and I want to ensure that they continue to make their important contributions to our community, education, tourism and our economy.”

The project has been the result of a very successful collaboration between Derry City and Strabane Council and the DOE.

The church has been conserved in a sympathetic way, ensuring its future preservation and adding to Northern Ireland’s unique heritage offering.