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June Meeting

May Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be take place on Wednesday 8th May at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library.

Our speaker this month is Dr Leanne McCormick, Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish Social History and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) at Ulster University. Her research interests include women’s history, history of sexuality and history of medicine in Ireland/Northern Ireland and she has published widely in these areas. With Dr Elaine Farrell (QUB), she has been working on the AHRC funded project ‘Bad Bridget: Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918’. They have produced a five part podcast series on the project, an exhibition at the National Museums NI, Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh and an Irish Times #1 bestselling book, Bad Bridget: Crime, mayhem and the lives of Irish emigrant women. This will be the topic of our talk. You will find more details about the project at Bad Bridget – Ulster University and below.

April Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will ake place on Wednesday, 10th April  at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library.

Our speaker this month is our chairperson, Sean Barden, who will be discussing:

Armagh datestones –what they tell us about the buildings and their builders

March Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 13th March at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library. Our speaker this month is Antaine Ó Donnaile, who will be discussing Séamus Mac Murphy 1720-1750: An Armagh Outlaw.

Antaine is director of Armagh-based production company Macha Media, which released the award-winning Irish language programme Séamus Mac Murchaidh – Díolta Faoina Luach about the famous South Armagh ‘rapparee’ in 2023.

February Meeting

Our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 14th February at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library and Matthew McMahon will be discussing “A Planetarium for Armagh – a 25 year journey“.


Starting with Dr Eric Mervyn Lindsay’s ambitious plan to create a memorial to the service men of the United States who were stationed in Northern Ireland in 1943, and moving through the twenty five year long journey that saw many false starts and massive changes in the technology of planetaria, this talk will examine how a familiar community fixture came to exist, and the forgotten characters who made it possible. It will draw upon original letters, minutes and notes made by the parties involved on four continents over a period of thirty years.

History Armagh Vol. 5 No. 3 (2024)

The Armagh & District History Group produces a magazine “History Armagh” each year.  This year we have moved the usual publication date  from December to January .

The latest copy of the magazine is available in local shops and other outlets from 1st February.

The magazine is free to members and costs £4.50 to non-members.  It will be available in the following local outlets: Armagh County Museum, The Mall; Cultural Heritage Services Library, 1 Markethill Road, Armagh; Emerson’s Supermarket; Macaris Newsagents; McAnerny’s Supermarket; Navan Centre; O’Kane’s Supermarket; Red Neds Bar; Rocks, Thomas Street; Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The Mall; Whittle’s Supermarket, Newry Road.

If you live at a distance from Armagh postage can be arranged by contacting:

Some sample articles from the early magazines can be found here.

Some pdf copies of earlier magazines can be found here.

January Meeeting and AGM.

Our meeting this month will take place on Wednesday, 31st January at 7:00 pm in Armagh County Museum,

At the meeting we will be launching this year’s issue of History Armagh .

We will start with our Annual General Meeting, and members will then be able to collect their free copy of the magazine. Please note that if you wish to purchase additional copies the price has risen to £4:50, but you do get more pages.

You can also pay your membership fee for the upcoming year.

November Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 8th November at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library.

Our speaker this month is Simon Chadwick, who will discuss Harpers in Armagh and beyond.

Simon has been researching the Irish harp tradition, focusing on the period from the end of the 18th Century through to the start of the 20th Century. He will discuss some of the traditional harpers who were active in Armagh over this period, including Patrick Quin and Patrick Byrne. He will show portraits of the harpers, photographs of their harps in Museums and private collections, and newspaper clippings detailing their events in the Market House and other venues around Armagh.

The talk will also be enlivened by a few tunes played on a traditional wire-strung Irish harp, to show how the old tradition is being revived and rediscovered here in Armagh.

The photograph of Simon is from his website (see below)

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