Surface Design Awards: Public Building Interior Winner

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. Starting in January 2014 the church underwent a 20 month refurbishment project under the guidance of client Fr. Gerard McAleer. The results are breath-taking. It was reopened by Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, on 27th September 2015.

The outstanding work of McKeown and Shields with Armatile at St Patricks Church was recognised by judges Ab Rogers, Tina Norden, Bethan Wood, Jenny and Sacha Leong and awarded the Public Building Interior: Surface Design Award 2017.


McKeown and Shields are a progressive, dynamic and creative team which is committed to delivering excellence in design. Based in County Tyrone in Ireland, the firm was established in 1970 by Chartered Architect Con McKeown and Chartered Civil Engineer Benny Shields.

Armatile was appointed for its surface design expertise, understanding in this field and its dedication to the restoration of heritage buildings. They worked in partnership with the key stakeholders including QMAC Construction to deliver a bespoke, tailored and ornate surface solution that truly enriches the stunning transformation of the 170 year old church.


The decorative features were manufactured in Armatile’s custom-built factory in Armagh and materials included Crema Marfil marble from Alicante and white Carrara marble from Italy.

Congratulations to McKeown & Shields and Armatile on their well deserved award for a stunning public building interior. The judges commented that ‘from a craftsmanship point of view this is phenomenal.’

Link to QMAC – construction company

Link to McKeown and Shields Archtiect

Link to Armatile


About Alys Bryan

Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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