Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place for projects under £2M
Winner: Marty & Melanie Hamill Project: Strangford Presbyterian Church
Downpatrick & County Down Railway Project: Bundoran Signal Cabin
Hearth Historical Buildings Trust & Project: McMaster Street
Clanmil Heritage Division
Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place for projects in excess of £2M
WINNER Richhill Buildings Preservation Trust Project: Regeneration of Richhill
Jon Kerr Project: Mount Stewart Conservation Project
Estates Directorate, QUB Project: Lanyon Conservation & Restoration Project
Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
WINNER Children of the Heartland Project Project: Heartland
Eoin Boyle Project: Donaghmore High Cross Guide Booklet
Pupils of Holy Trinity Primary School Project: Northern Ireland, Our Shared Past, Present & Future
Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
WINNER Andrew & Brian Rooney Project: Mourne Wall Restoration
Highly Commended Michael Hoy Project: Remembering T P Flanagan
William Watson Project: Charles Sheils Almshouses
Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
WINNER Carnlough Heritage Volunteers Project: Carnlough Heritage Hub
David Bunting Project: Heritage Photography
Philip Smith Project: Buildings of South County Down Publication
Best Maintenance of a Public Building : Belfast Harbour for the Harbour Commissioners’ Office, Belfast.
Best Maintenance of a Private Building : John & Maureen Convery, Marybrook House & Mill, Crossgar.
Best Maintenance of Community Building : Ardkeen Parish team for Lisbane Church, Kircubbin.
Best Contribution to Streetscape: Damian McCaffrey, McCaffrey’s Chemist Derrygonnelly.
Public Vote Pupils of Holy Trinity Primary School.
Lifetime Achievement Award Primrose Wilson, CBE, Heritage Advocate
The ceremony, hosted by Wendy Austin, Journalist and BBC Presenter, featured entertainment by local artists including recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Ríoghnach Connolly, The 4 of Us; Tony Villiers and Brigid O’Neill. Material included bespoke compositions on local Armagh heritage sites including Armagh Gaol; The Seven Houses and Market Street.. Local poet Maria McManus provided a reading on the theme of place. Almost 400 people were in attendance and guest presenters included Mealla Campbell, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council: Iain Greenway, Director, Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities; Richard Hamilton-Stubber, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Armagh; Joe Mahon, Less Spotter Ulster Presenter; Paul Mullan, Director, National Lottery Heritage Fund, NI; Jim Fitzpatrick, Chairman,Irish News and Marie-Louise Muir, BBC Radio Ulster Presenter.
Nicola McVeigh, Chief Executive, Ulster Architectural Heritage
From their inception back in 2017 the Heritage Angel Awards have gone consistently from strength to strength, being met with incredible enthusiasm. We have been truly amazed by the volume of effort and commitment from groups and individuals across Northern Ireland from the variety of projects who were nominated and applied. The awards are not only about good outcomes for heritage, but the people behind the projects, those who are making a real and lasting difference by rescuing, recording and celebrating Northern Ireland’s historic environment.
Lord Lloyd Webber, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charitable foundation helped to found the Heritage Angel Awards, said: “Congratulations to all of the winners of the Northern Ireland Heritage Angel Awards! They all deserve to be celebrated for their significant roles in saving Northern Ireland’s Heritage and for the time, enthusiasm, skills and energy that they have dedicated to this important cause”
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Mealla Campbell
On behalf of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, I am delighted to send congratulations to all of the winning and highly commended projects from the 2019 Heritage Angel Awards. We were delighted to host this year’s ceremony amidst the beautiful Georgian architecture of Armagh City and to join with those who share a passion for our local heritage. I wish all of those nominated all the very best for the future as they continue their invaluable work”.
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