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Enniskillen Workhouse business hub project granted £220k Lottery funding

By Mark Edwards

A major new project to transform what remains of Enniskillen Workhouse into a business and heritage hub has been awarded more than £220,000.

Development funding of £221,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help Fermanagh and Omagh District Council work up firm proposals for the project, which is being delivered in partnership with South West College, in order to secure the full £2.3m grant requested.

The workhouse opened in 1844 to accommodate 1,000 people who, due to a range of circumstances, found themselves in financial distress. It was one of 160 workhouses throughout Ireland designed by architect George Wilkinson.

The main building was demolished in 1964 and all that remains is the Grade B2 listed entrance block, which is currently 'at risk' and in need of urgent repair.

Paul Mullan, head of HLF Northern Ireland, said: "The project will create a state-of-the-art business development hub, providing opportunities for skills development, accredited training and apprenticeships in heritage skills throughout the restoration.

"The previously untold story of the workhouse and the people who were housed there will also be brought to life in the mixed-use exhibition and display space."

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