‘It was certainly his most important work’

Joy McCormick (92) smiling outside the Greencastle home she shared with her late husband Liam, the architect who designed Burt Chapel.

New book celebrating fifty years of Burt Chapel; Joy McCormick reflects on her husband’s contribution

With a book celebrating fifty years of St Aengus’ Church, Burt set for publication this summer, the Inishowen Independent caught up with Joy McCormick, wife of the Greencastle architect Liam McCormick, who designed the building.

Joy says the iconic round church – completed in June 1967 and known locally as Burt Chapel – still stands as her late husband’s most significant achievement.

The church, which echoes the Grianan Fort above, won the title of ‘Building of the 20th Century’ in a national poll in 1999, three years after McCormick’s death.

“I think it was certainly his most important work but I can’t believe it’s been fifty years now,” Joy smiles.

“I think people became interested in it largely because it was such an unusual building and because it’s in a very prominent position. And then it won building of the century of course.”

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