Following some months of discussion, the Trustees of the Kilravock Christian Trust (SCIO) and Scripture Union Northern Ireland are delighted to announce the transfer of Kilravock’s Northern Irish assets – including much of Devenish Island – to Scripture Union Northern Ireland.

Kilravock Christian Trust’s chair, Stewart Nicol said: "In 1971 the late Miss Elizabeth Rose established Kilravock Christian Trust, to which she subsequently transferred ownership of property in Northern Ireland, including Devenish Island in Lower Lough Erne.

"Devenish Island is home to historically important monastic ruins dating back to the 6th Century, and is popular with tourists and locals for the beauty and tranquillity of its setting. In transferring ownership of the Trust’s Northern Irish assets to SUNI, we are pleased to be furthering our own charitable objectives, while also anticipating that they will further strengthen the impact in Northern Ireland of Scripture Union’s excellent ministry to children and young people."

On behalf of SU Northern Ireland, Dr Barbara McDade (SUNI Council Chair) sincerely thanked the Kilravock Trust for giving this most generous gift to SUNI.

She said: "We are incredibly grateful to God and the Kilravock Trust for this significant gift to Scripture Union Northern Ireland. In the coming months, the Board will carefully consider how these assets can best be used to support the mission and ministry of SUNI."

Scripture Union Northern Ireland works with schools, churches and local communities providing resources, leading events and running both residential and non-residential activities, which are designed to help children and young people discover more about God.

SUNI was founded over 120 years ago and has had a significant impact on the lives of children, young people and families over many generations.

SUNI currently has a staff team of 24 and works with approximately 2,000 volunteers across Northern Ireland. Scripture Union Northern Ireland, though operating independently, is part of Scripture Union International, which encompasses SU movements in around 130 countries worldwide.

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