History Group recalls Armagh’s Great Flood

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Rarely published photographs of Armagh’s Great Flood of 1958 feature in the annual magazine published by Armagh and District History Group later this month.

The issue’s main feature runs to six pages as Kevin Quinn presents a pictorial celebration of the day the city was engulfed by water bursting through from the Scotch Street River, a.k.a. the Dirty River.

Using stunning photographs Kevin recalls not just the damage caused by the disaster but the humour with which it was greeted by Armagh’s citizens.

As the images show, children and teenagers took to boats as the Mall became a lake, and the “Fenian Submarine” that traversed the waters of Lower Scotch Street is recalled in song.

Other articles include the origins and development of Gough Barracks, and the influences of Armagh on the writing talents of Charlotte Brontë. Armagh’s connections to arguably English literature’s greatest woman novelist include a famous relative, Dr Max Brontë, who became one of the fathers of CSI (Crime Scene Investigations), and was a former player with Armagh Rugby Club.

Sport also features in another piece as Brian Weir marks the 50th anniversary this year of the entry into Irish League football by Armagh City FC (formerly Milford Everton). Brian looks back at the club’s development from a team of Milford and Armagh schoolboys to its emergence in competitive football.

The magazine will be in local outlets from December 16.