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.
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.
The Royal Irish Academy has published online versions of its Irish Historic Towns Atlas series. The series includes by Catherine McCullough and W.H. Crawford which was originally published in 2007.
The online version contains the cover, general abbreviations, essay, topographical information, select bibliography, map 2 and the legend sheet to map 2. Users are encouraged to reference this digital edition in their work. Each pdf includes a guide to citation and usage on its introductory page.
Due to copyright restrictions certain historical maps and images that are available in the printed atlases are not included in the digital edition. The full contents list of the published original is on page 2 of the cover so you can see what extra materials are available in the printed version. On page 3 of the cover you will also find a general introduction to the IHTA. The general abbreviations for the series is included as a separate pdf.
You can find the atlas by clicking here.
The Lord Mayor, Garath Keating (pictured above with our chairperson Mary McVeigh) launched the 2016 edition of History Armagh at our December meeting in the Irish and Local Studies Library. There was a good turnout on the night and members and visitors enjoyed the excellent refreshments provided. The magazine is available in the Irish and Local Studies Library and will be available in the usual local outlets in the next few days.
The Green Lady Mystery by Sean Barden is a historical investigation into what happened to Bellina Prior a young Armagh girl convicted of murdering three-year-old neighbour Annie Slavin in 1888.
After Bellina was tried and found guilty but insane, she was detained in the asylum at the Lord Lieutenant’s pleasure. However, helped by her privileged background and mother’s influence she was released just four years later.
After discovering hundreds of Bellina’s letters the author has gained a unique insight into her troubled mind and subsequent campaign to expose alleged abuse she suffered while in the asylum.
The story ends as tragically as it began when in 1909 Bellina’s mother took her own life having just murdered her daughter by poisoning her.
The book is on sale at the museum and will soon be available in many local shops, price £7.99.