happy to report that Armagh history group is in a healthy and stable position.
Our membership increased over the year, attendance at our events has been
consistent and our financial position is good.
monthly talks covered a wide range of topics and all were deemed to be
interesting, informative and entertaining. I am pleased to say that half of them
were given by our own members.
The High Cross of Armagh – Megan Henvey
The Earls of Leitrim – Tom Duncan
Irish Postal history – Roddy Hegarty
Seeking justice in a changing world: the life and times of Mary Ann McCracken –
Dr Myrtle Hill
May : The
Brehon Laws: Women and Marriage -Gerry Oates
were invited to the Robinson Library for talk on the history of Armagh
Observatory by Professor Michael Burton
The old railway network in Armagh and the future of the Armagh-Portdown line –
Dr Stephen Day
Irish women and the vote – Mary McVeigh
Armagh, a Blue Plaque in every street? – Eric Villiers
launch of History Armagh
September we had a most enjoyable outing to Dublin where we visited the EPIC
centre and the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship at the Monasterboice Inn for dinner
on the homeward journey. I must record our most sincere thanks to Kevin Quinn,
our treasurer, who organised this highly successful event.
year’s ‘History Armagh’, launched in December, has an extra four pages. Certainly
good value for the price it could be said! Thank you to those who contributed
articles and all who assisted in its production and dissemination to retail
lost one of our committee members, Una Boylan, who passed away in April. She
was loyal and committed to the group and will always be remembered for her good
humour and ready wit.
I would like to thank all who contributed towards the smooth running and success
of the history group’s activities and events especially Catherine Gartland and
Bronagh Feehan of the Irish and Local Studies Library and Libraries NI for
permitting the use of the library for meetings.