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St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore

St Patrick’s Church in Donaghmore is a historic landmark in the County Tyrone countryside that can claim a direct connection to the introduction of Christianity in Ireland around 450AD. Steeped in history the present church was built in the 1840s, during the Great Irish Famine, on the site of an old monastic centre.


Armatile was chosen because of its surface design expertise, level of understanding in this field and its dedication to the restoration of historic and heritage buildings. Displaying Armatile’s renowned attention to detail its project team worked in partnership with the client, architect, designer and contractor to deliver a bespoke tailored and ornate tile solution that truly enriches the stunning transformation of the 170-year-old church.

The steps and altar floor are created from a beautiful Crema Marfil marble hand-selected from quarries in the Alicante region of Spain. An additional strip of black marble has been inserted into the steps for visual impact.

Armatile created nine special features to be installed on the first step of the altar. The decorative features were manufactured in Armatile’s custom-built factory in Armagh, using modern waterjet cutting technology to meet an exact specification. Rich Italian White Carrara marble slabs were chosen for the central piece of each design. These were then surrounded by a bespoke, striking border, depicting vines and leaves, incorporating beautiful warm tones of Sienna, Rojo Alicante and Alpi Verdi marbles complete with decorative etching details.

The new period floor in the nave of the church is created in a stunning Victorian style that was designed utilising red and green colours in a geometric pattern on a white background. Within the Victorian floor pattern is a further six intricately-designed features which were all expertly created in Armatile by combining marble, porcelain and brass materials. One of these features has been specifically designed to replicate the breastplate of St Patrick, while another commemorates the martyrdom of Fr Patrick O’Loughran in 1612.

All the work was manufactured and fitted to this detailed specification by Armatile Contracts

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  • Client:
  • St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore

  • Location:
  • County Tyrone

  • Architect / Designer:
  • McKeown and Shields Architects

  • Sector:
  • Churches / Heritage

  • Completion Date:
  • 01/09/2015

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