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

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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.

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

Art in Armagh Part 3 – For the Love of Emer



The Sculpture

“For the Love of Emer” is located at the bottom of Scotch Street in Armagh City Centre.  The 30 foot stainless steel structure depicts the “Hound of Ulster” (Cuchulainn) balancing atop a tilting 20 foot pole. Continue reading

Art in Armagh Part 2 – StarStone


Armagh Ambassador Ciaran McMahon takes a selfie with the StarStone

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Art in Armagh Part 1 – Armagh Markets and Fair Days

2016-02-20 16.23.24Armagh Markets and Fair Days is situated on the walls of the steps beside the Markethouse and enhances the walk up to Market Square and the hill on which the Church of Ireland Cathedral stands, overlooking Armagh City. Continue reading

Armagh Ambassadors kick into touch

This week the Armagh Ambassadors took a short drive from the City Centre to visit three nearby visitor attractions, the Milford House Collection, the William McCrum Memorial and then the Navan Centre and Fort.

Milford House Collection

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The Armagh City Bucket List

bucket-list.pngWhen 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.

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City Ambassadors getting ready for Blast-off

The 25 Armagh Ambassadors.jpgThe Armagh Ambassador Programme officially kicked off last week at the Armagh Planetarium.  This ground-breaking initiative is being pioneered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to showcase the wide range of arts, culture, heritage and visitor attractions which are available at the very heart of Armagh.

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