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March Meeting

The next meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday 13th March at 7:00 p.m. in the Irish and Local Studies Library. 

The speaker will be Paddy Fitzgerald from the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. The title of his talk is ‘Growing up in Armagh 1965-75: Memory, Morphology and Migration’.

Annual Report 2018

I am 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.

Our 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.

January: The High Cross of Armagh – Megan Henvey

February: The Earls of Leitrim – Tom Duncan

March: Irish Postal history – Roddy Hegarty

April: 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

June: We were invited to the Robinson Library for talk on the history of Armagh Observatory by Professor Michael Burton

September: The old railway network in Armagh and the future of the Armagh-Portdown line – Dr Stephen Day

October: Irish women and the vote – Mary McVeigh

November: Armagh, a Blue Plaque in every street? – Eric Villiers

December: launch of History Armagh

In 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.

This 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 outlets.

Sadly we 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.

Finally 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.

Mary McVeigh

Chairperson.

February Meeting


The next meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday 13th February at 7:00 p.m. in the Irish and Local Studies Library. The meeting will begin with our A.G.M. and it will be followed by a talk by one of our own members Richard Burns.

Richard’s topic will be “DNA my family tree and me”. He took a DNA test last February at the Back To Our Past event in the Titanic Centre and will talk about his experience ahead of this year’s event in the Waterfront on the 15th & 16th February

January meeting

Happy New Year

The next meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday 9th January at 7:00 p.m. in the Irish and Local Studies Library.

The speaker is John Makem and his topic will be “Forts and Rath Dwellers and Ancient Local Sites “.

John Makem is a retired teacher and local historian from Derrynoose.  

History Armagh 2018

Launch of latest edition.

The latest edition of our magazine History Armagh was launched at our December meeting on December, 12th and will be available in local shops in the coming days.

December Meeting

The next meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday 12th December at 7:00 p.m. in the Irish and Local Studies Library.

This month instead of our usual talk we will be launching the 2018 edition of our magazine, History Armagh. A light supper and a glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee will follow.

November Meeting

Our next talk will be on Wednesday, 14th November in the Irish and Local Studies Library at 7:00 p.m.

The talk is by one of our own members, Eric Villiers and his topic is “Armagh: A Blue Plaque in Every Street?”

“The premise of the talk is that if buildings, places and spaces could talk they would tell you great stories about heroes and villains that most people have never heard: about important events and famous people who have been neglected by history or forgotten altogether.

It is only a slight exaggeration to suggest that there’s a building on every city centre street that could justify a blue plaque or a memorial of some kind”.

October Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 October at 7:00 pm in the Irish and Local Studies Library.

The speaker this month also will be one of our own members, Mary McVeigh and she will speak on ‘Irish women and the vote’.

September Meeting

Our programme resumes on Wednesday, 12th September in the Irish and Local Studies Library at 7:00 p.m.

Our speaker this month is one of our own members, Stephen Day and the topic will be “The Old Railway Network in Armagh and the Future of the Armagh-Portadown Line”. Stephen will talk about the layout of the old railway network in and around Armagh and there will be an opportunity for a discussion on the prospects of a future Armagh-Portadown railway line.