Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

A "First Fruits" Church, Now Visitor Centre

In the wake of the the English Reformation, the "Board of First Fruits" was established and tasked with advancing the building of Anglican churches and the cause of Protestantism in Ireland. The Board's mission was to purchase lands and manage grants for new church buildings and renovations. In the early 1800s, the grants offered by the Board were massively increased, which led in turn to a boom in new churches. A Wikipedia page lists man of the churches and glebes built under the auspices of the Board.

As is often the case with church building booms, changing demographics leads to the shuttering of scores of buildings, which is what happened in Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ireland. The town's Anglican Church now serves as a rest stop and intrepretive centre for the Copper Coast, a recognized UNESCO Geopark.