Category Archives: News


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.

Royal Irish Academy – Online Maps

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.

History Armagh 2016 magazine launched.

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.

New Book “The Green Lady Mystery” by Sean Barden

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.

History Lecture Series – WWI and the aftermath.

Historical Lectures

Through its Good Relations Programme, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council will host a series of public lectures exploring WWI from 1916 onwards.

Series Chair – Dr. Eamon Phoenix. All talks begin at 7.00pm

17th November – Armagh County Museum
· Series launch by Dr. Eamon Phoenix with guest speaker Mr. Lar Joye, Curator of Military History at National Museum of Ireland.

24th November – Navan Centre, Armagh
· Dr. Eamon Phoenix – “The North Began: Ulster and the 1916 Rising”
· Film footage by Robert Kee.
· Mr. Patrick Toland – “Life & Times of Willoughby Weaving”

1st December – O’Fiaich Library, Armagh City
· Mr. John Killen – “Political Cartoons in Ireland 1912 onwards”
· Mr. Ashley Forbes – “Symbolism of WWI Period Postcards”.

12th January – Navan Centre, Armagh
· Guest Speaker Mr. Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton & Vice-President of the Western Front Association.
· Film screening – “The Battle of the Somme”.

19th January – Navan Centre, Armagh
· Dr. Eamon Phoenix – “Injured Return: Establishment of local hospitals”.
· Mr. Philip Orr – “Returning to a Transformed Island: The Experience of Irish Soldiers in a Dividing Ireland 1918-25”.
· Mr.Jim McDermott – “The Connaught Rangers & Irish Nationalist Soldiers 1914-25”

Admission is FREE but pre booking is advised by contacting Heather Wilson at 028 4066 0605 or email Seats will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

Dolores Donnnelly
Good Relations Officer – Craigavon (maternity cover)
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
66 Lakeview Road
BT64 1AL

T: 028 3831 2400 ext. 1490