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?
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
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
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
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
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
The Armagh Ambassadors spent a morning which can only be described as an out-of-this-world experience on their visit to the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium on Tuesday 16th February. They embarked on a voyage of scientific discovery which began in the gardens of the Observatory and ended in the outer reaches of the exploding universe. Oh yes, and on the way they also built and launched their own rockets and listened to the stars!
This week has seen the Armagh Ambassadors feature on both TV and radio. The Irish TV channel interviewed two of our ambassadors, Malachy O’Neill and Caoimhe Toner at the launch of the programme earlier this month. Click here to watch “Armagh Matters” which was broadcast on Tuesday evening – the Armagh Ambassador section starts at 12 minutes. Continue reading
Visiting the oldest inhabited hill in Armagh starts with the best view of the city. We didn’t need the icy wind to take our breath away as the view is more than capable of doing that and allowed us to see why Archbishop Robinson loved this city and walking around the Church of Ireland Cathedral you get a sense of why St Patrick had previously chosen this hill for his Ecclesiastical Capital – a title still held by Armagh City today. Walking around this ancient site with the bells ringing in the history from the grave of High King Brian Boru to the oldest Public Library, there is no escaping the sense of all those who have went before. Continue reading
When we go on holiday, we can spend some of our break visiting a range of tourist attractions such as museums, art galleries and stately homes to find out more about the country we are visiting. There are “must visit” places on our bucket list before we travel back home and we make the time to visit them.
When we are back home, do we take time to visit the tourist attractions on our doorstep? Sadly not always. There may be places on our “local bucket list” but we don’t always manage to take time out of our busy schedule to visit them.