June Meeting

For our last meeting of the year, we have arranged an outdoor event, a walking tour, which will allow us to meet in person at long last. It will take place on Wednesday 16 June at 7pm, starting from the Church of Ireland Cathedral.

The tour is in two parts, each 45 minutes long, and will be guided by members Stephen Day and Mary McVeigh. It is open to History Group members only. Members can choose to take part in one walk or both. The second part will involve more walking.  The arrangements are as follows:

First Part of Tour: 45 minutes

Many thanks toCarol Conlin and Dean Shane Forster, who kindly arranged access for the group for this part of the tour.

1. Stephen Day will host the event and guide the group during their time on ‘the Hill’.

2. Participants should arrive in the grounds of the Church of Ireland Cathedral and gather outside the West door (opposite No5 Vicars’ Hill) at 7pm. The gates to the Cathedral will be open and participants can park in the grounds. The grounds will remain open until 9pm. Participants can leave their vehicles there so long as they are finished and away by 9pm when the gates are locked.

3. The small gate to the beautiful walled gardens will also be open to our group during this time.

4. The tour will take in the grounds of the Cathedral and provide a brief history of events on the Hill and the surrounding countryside over the centuries. The 360 degree views provide an ideal background and a brief history of the building itself will be included, although we will not be going into the Cathedral on this occasion. Having completed a circuit of the Cathedral grounds, we will have a walk through the four small walled gardens which are arguably at their best at this time of year.

5. The tour of the ancient Hill will take about 45 minutes.

6. If the weather is very bad we have permission to have a tour of the old Registry/Museum at No5 Vicars’ Hill subject to Covid Regulations which apply on that day. The Museum is currently compliant with existing Regulations and has been re-opened to the public since 25th May.

Second Part of Tour: 45 minutes

1. Mary McVeigh will guide the group along a short route on the west side of Armagh city – basically the western approaches to the two Cathedrals, including Callan Street and Cathedral Road via the site of the old Convent. Participants will be able to view a beautiful cross-community mural en route, as well as the site of the old gasworks, the old windmill and the line (now a road) which the old railway from Armagh to Castleblayney took along the valley.

2. Good walking footwear is recommended, especially for Mary’s tour as we will be returning to vehicles at the Cathedral via a steep hill.

3. Wet weather gear is recommended, even if it is only umbrellas and that they are kept in reserve in vehicles.

It would be much appreciated if members could confirm their attendance so that we can estimate the size of the group. Please contact Catherine Gartland: e-mail secretary@history-armagh.org

I hope you will be able to make it.