QMAC Construction Ltd is in the final stage of conservation and restoration of Enniskillen Workhouse Entrance Block. All internal wall finishes are complete, with glazed partitions now installed. Heating, lighting and the lift are all operational. Floor finishes are 90% complete, with flooring to the rear porch yet to be completed.
The original Enniskillen Workhouse Bell will soon return to its rightful home within the Workhouse; along with other historical items such as shoes and a bible found during construction. These items will form part of the Heritage Route when the building opens to the public.
It is envisaged works will be complete in September 2022.
As part of the project, South West College, ran an NVQ Level 3 Heritage Skills (Construction) qualification. Participants are nearing completion of their training which involved work placements at Enniskillen Workhouse and various other heritage projects, through their employers.
Kevin Boggs, a bursary holder on the programme, has been shortlisted for Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Apprentice of the Year Award; Kevin is one of four entrants in the final. The winner will be announced in October at an event in the Crowne Plaza, Belfast. Best wishes to Kevin for the final!
Enniskillen Workhouse Records
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) have photographed the record books for Enniskillen Workhouse. Fermanagh County Museum has received these images and work has commenced on the transcription. This will take a number of months due to the volume of records.
Catherine Scott, Museum & Heritage Development Officer at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, is actively gathering stories/ memories relating to the workhouse. If you or a family member have a story you would like to share, please contact:
T: 028 6632 5000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org