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February Meeting

Our February Meeting will be on Wednesday, 14th February at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will start with the AGM followed by a talk by Tom Duncan and his topic is “The Earls of Leitrim”.

Earl of Leitrim was a title created in 1795 for Robert Clements, 1st Viscount Leitrim in the Irish peerage.

His father Nathaniel Clements  acquired the lease of the lands in Kilmacrenan in 1748 from the Hamilton family who held the lease from the turn of the plantation of Ulster. The lands were owed by Trinity College Dublin and covered most of north east Donegal, from Fanad to Glenveagh. Nathaniel Clements built his home in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, which was later purchased by the Irish Government and is the home of the president of Ireland.

His descendants were involved, once fatally, in many of the major issues of their times, notably the famine and the Land Act.

There were five Earls in all, the 5th Earl died without issue in 1952 and the Earldom of Leitrim died with him.

January Meeting

Our January meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10th January at 7:00 pm in the Irish and Local Studies Library.  The speaker will be Megan Henvey and her topic is The High Cross of Armagh.

Megan is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of York, she is currently  researching the high crosses in the North of Ireland for her PhD. Her research examines the iconography, history and theological import of these monumental early medieval stone sculptured crosses within their wider cultural contexts.

History Armagh 2017 Launch

The Lord Mayor, Gareth Wilson invited members of the Armagh History Group and members of the Halligan family to a lunch time reception to launch the 2017 edition of the magazine.  This edition of the magazine was dedicated to the memory of Marjorie Halligan, a founder member, and Vice-Chairperson of the group.  We are grateful to Liam McArdle for his kind permission to use these photos from the event.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson hosts Armagh History Group at the launch of History Armagh Journal at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
4 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com
Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson hosts Armagh History Group at the launch of History Armagh Journal at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
Lord Mayor with Mary McVeigh, Armagh History Group chair, and the Halligan family
4 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com
Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson hosts Armagh History Group at the launch of History Armagh Journal at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
Lord Mayor with committee and contributors Gerry Oates and Sean Barden
4 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

December Meeting

There will be no December meeting this year. We usually launch the magazine on the second Wednesday in December but this year the magazine was launched in the Palace by the Lord Mayor, Gareth Wilson on 4th December. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

Irish Chief Secretary Office’s Registered Papers relaunched.

The online catalogue of the Irish Chief Secretary Office’s Registered Papers has been relaunched. The website catalogue is a gateway to the original documents, held in National Archives, Ireland, which are currently being listed to professional archival standards.

Visitors to our website can now see descriptions of some 33,500 documents covering a myriad of topics on Irish history over the period 1818 to 1830.

November Meeting

The November meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday, 8th November in the Irish and Local Studies Library at 7:00 p.m.

The speaker will be one of our members, Tom Duncan and his topic: ‘The man from God knows where.’  A poem that tells some of the story of Thomas Russell, who organised in County Down for the United Irishmen in 1795. Thomas Russell was later hanged at Downpatrick Jail on 21st October 1803.

October Meeting

The October meeting of Armagh & District History Group will be held on Wednesday, 11th October in the Irish and Local Studies Library at 7:00 p.m.
The speaker this month is Chris Hamill, a researcher at the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge who is currently investigating the issue of contested architectural heritage in contemporary Northern Ireland.  His subject of research is Armagh Gaol and the title of his talk is ‘Troubled Legacy: the difficult history of the prison and its impact on re-use’.
The talk will centre around his research into the history of the former HM Prison Armagh, situating it in the relevant contexts; primarily the architectural and cultural evolution of prisons generally, the development of the urban fabric of Armagh itself and the political contexts which make this building perhaps more interesting as a heritage asset than simply its architectural merits would imply.

This would then segue into a discussion on the issue of ‘contested heritage’ that is; issues surrounding the re-use of buildings such as this which have difficult and troubled pasts. This would be in conjunction with the architectural difficulties which arise from trying to find alternate uses for a building form as specialised as a prison.

It is hoped that there might be a bit of a question and answer / debate session after this, as with this sort of work, it is always extremely useful to get feedback, especially from local experts.