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Carrickfergus Castle tower to get a new roof

By Charlie Whiteside

Published 02/11/2015

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is gaining a new roof over "the keep" to solve a near century-long persistent leaking of rainwater, since a flat roof was installed over the old tower in the 1930's.

The historical coastal landmark has received many roof repairs over the following generations, but all have failed to obliterate the problem.

Kennedy-FitzGerald Architects, based in Belfast and led by conservation architect Alastair Coey, will be overseeing the design of the contracting work approved by Environmental Minister Mark H Durkan.

The roof will be in the vein of the 12th century architecture, with a timber A-frame 'butt-purlin', attentively crafted by a scribe woodwright.

Mr Durkan said he wanted to ensure that the job keeps to the traditional style of the 800-year-old tower.

He said: “Carrickfergus Castle is a treasured historic monument, one of the best-preserved medieval castles on these Islands. It is a key heritage asset and it is also a major economic asset for the whole region”.

He added: “This project is one that really demonstrates how important our built and archaeological heritage is to our local economy.”

It is hoped the new roof will increase visitors to the castle, with its rich history of sieges and captures, spanning over eight centuries.

Final plans for the project will be submitted in January 2016.

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