The Castle has been in State Care since 1928 and is managed by Historic Environment Division within the Department for Communities. It is one of the most complete examples of Norman architecture in Britain or Ireland.
Speaking today at an event at the Castle, Minister Hargey said: “This investment has secured the future of this important monument and prevented irreparable damage to the structure. Archaeologists and conservation architects within the Department worked together to design a historically appropriate roof. What has been achieved is an outstanding piece of architecture that safeguards this important and historic place.
“The project has been designed to be sustainable on many levels. The materials used are durable, traditional materials. The oak used for the roof is from a sustainable source.”
The Minister added: “Heritage forms a key component of our tourism economy. Carrickfergus is the gateway to the Causeway Coastal Route and I am keen that this iconic castle continues to be marketed as a must see destination which attracts additional visitors to the area.
“Monuments such as this also contribute to our health and wellbeing – walking around the sites, sharing of stories across generations about our history and heritage.”