The old church in the grounds of Lough Key Forest Park hosted its first modern wedding ceremony on Saturday last.
Recent remedial work on the structure of the building allowed for a marquee to be erected inside the church to host the event.
Lisavalley Marquee Hire and Any Event Furniture worked with the management and staff in the Park to transform the Church for the day.
Local company Pure Flowers decorated the Moylurg Room in the Activity Centre building for a canape reception afterwards.
A post detailing the event on Lough Key Forest Park’s Facebook account has received over 230 positive comments and has been shared 145 times.
Back in October 2018, the church reopened to the public after remedial work
In 2017 the management of Moylurg Rockingham DAC, who manage Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, were successful in their application for two different heritage funding amounts for the old Rockingham church from Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs:
1) Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 – €9,215
2) Structures at Risk Fund 2017- €8,000.
According to general manager Louise Fitzpatrick following the opening: “Both grants had to be match funded in order to receive them. It was a positive step forward to see Moylurg Rockingham DAC in a position to be able to match fund such important work in helping to repair and restore the Church”.
“We have taken the first significant step towards saving the Rockingham Estate Church and work is now complete on this stage. I am delighted to be able to reopen the church to the public and to showcase the progress made in saving this important part of our heritage and the heritage and story of the Rockingham Estate”.