7 Hills Blues Festival is back!


The 7 Hills Blues Festival is back in 2016 and bigger than ever! 11-14 August will see Armagh City’s many eateries, public houses and open spaces showcasing the best of blues bands from across NI, ROI and the UK. This year’s busy programme includes over 70 planned performances plus the popular Picnic in the Palace Park and the Shambles Sunday Blues – family fun, food & local Cider fair. Visit www.7hillsblues.com for full details and sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about this blistering line-up.


You are cordially invited to the Launch of this year’s programme on Thur 21st July from 8pm in the Hole in the Wall Bar, Armagh. .


In addition, as an Armagh Ambassador, you can avail of one complimentary ticket each, to the Mack Fleetwood Live in the Blues Lounge @ the Armagh City Hotel, Sat 13 Aug | 9pm . To avail of this, please email Cathy O’Kane – cathy.okane@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

Your invitation to the launch of the 7 Hills Blues Festival 2016

Keep posting, tweeting, blogging and generally spreading the word about what a great City you are lucky enough to live in!

Armagh Ambassador Special Invite


The John Hewitt Society was delighted that so many of our Armagh Ambassadors attended the launch of The 29th John Hewitt International Summer School in June.

The Society would be delighted to offer every Armagh Ambassador a complimentary ticket to attend:

[a] EITHER An Evening with Duke Special on Tuesday 26 July at 8.30pm

OR the hilarious one-man stage play, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, on Thursday 28 July at 8.30pm.

They have 10 tickets set aside for each event for the Armagh Ambassadors, available on a first-come-first-served basis.


[b] any talk or discussion of their choice.  Details are in the  brochure available to view through this link http://bit.ly/1TYqp03 .


All RSVP’s  to this invitation should be sent to hello@johnhewittsociety.org   by Friday 15 July.

The Grand Finale for the Armagh Ambassadors

Armagh Ambassador Press Release

The word “friendship” sits high in our thoughts when we muse on the six weeks spent training as Ambassadors – a recurring theme when any of our activities are spoken of. So what can we say about our Celebration event on Tuesday 22 March, the culmination of this training?

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Art in Armagh Part 6 – Turning Point

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Over the last six weeks, the Armagh Ambassadors have heard a lot about Archbishop Richard Robinson. It is no surprise that as part of his plan, for Armagh to become a city to rival Dublin, he wished to re-develop The Mall too. Certain raucous pursuits did not fit with Robinson’s notion so he gifted The Mall to Armagh’s citizens as a public walkway. Continue reading

Ambassadors hit the Mall


The day promised to be a good one as we met and started our experience at the Turning Point sculpture on the Mall. We had an informative, if chilly, introduction to this fabulous piece of public art.  We then made our way down the Mall to head into the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum. Continue reading

Art in Armagh Part 5 – Celestial Sphere

Celestial Sphere

Our street art presentation is the “Celestial Sphere”  sculpture which wouldn’t be easy to say after a few glasses of wine.  The sculpture is situated on Upper English Street outside the old Post Office and draws strongly on Armagh’s association with astronomy . Continue reading

Art in Armagh Part 4 – Angels and Gargoyles


Ever feel as if you are being watched while walking round Armagh?  Well chances are the answer is yes! But not by who or what you may think. It is not by the spirits of St Patrick, Brian Boru or the other local characters of the city but by little beady eyes. 44 little beady eyes in fact. Continue reading

King of the Pipers

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The Orchateers outside the Palace Demesne


It’s the morning of Tuesday 8th March and the Armagh Ambassadors are on tour again. Our destination is the Palace Demesne and we are here to see the “Paintings at the Palace”. Continue reading

Armagh Ambassadors hit the high notes


“The Lilliputians” getting ready for their tour of the Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich Library

Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich Library

The Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich Library is situated behind St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral overlooking the Moy road out of Armagh City. Established by Cardinal Cathal Daly and found next to the Cathedral grounds, it is in fact a free independent library! Continue reading