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