Why About Armagh?
1996 winning team - I am second from the right.
Presenting Sonia O'Sullivan with the prize for best individual run in 2007. Her two children, Ciara and Sophie are watching on from below. She ran & won 6 stages between 2005 & 2008
Our Lady of Mount Carmel & Saint George RC Church, Enfield, with the Toilet Seat. They ran dressed as nuns and raised £70 k for John Bosco children's holiday project over the years
Millennium Group looking pleased with their Veteran's Team Prize, "The Walking Stick".
Mike Hutchings presenting a copy of his Ankerwycke Yew watercolour (award) to the oldest runner.
The Ankerwycke Yew at Runnymede. c2,500 years old. The oldest tree on National Trust Land.
A special word for Jim Desmond: he put together winning teams in 2003 and 2006, made up of runners from many clubs with the aim of promoting the relay to a wider audience, one team was from Bushy Park Time Trial, the forerunner of the now global sensation parkrun; helped me to implement the major overhaul of 2006; set up the relay website and showed me how to maintain it; became and remains my chief advisor, but can be my chief critic if I get it wrong. He has family connections in the Newry area and advises me on and helps to promote this website. I have learned a lot from him.
1995 T-shirt from the "Inaugural Run".
2012 - T-shirt. My last year as Race Director.
2012 T-shirt - logo showing the changeover points.
Darkley Mill Information Board - enlarge to read.
Whilst researching the walk around Keady, I came across two papers about an old poem from the Book of Leinster (published 1160). The papers were compiled by the County Louth Archaeological and History Society (CLAHS), one from 1932 and the second from 1933. The poem, entitled “An Ancient Poet’s View from Sliabh Fuaid”, is about the poet sitting on a high place and reciting some of the things he can see. The two papers were an attempt, by CLAHS, to work out where the poet was. However, after many years and lots of effort, they didn't succeed.
The Ard Macha Mural in Culdee Close, Armagh.
The Coming of the Sons of Miled, illustration by Stephen Reid (1910).
Map of the Battle of the Yellow Ford at Cabragh, courtesy of and © O'Neill Country Historical Society.
Brian Boru Plaque at Armagh COI Cathedral.
Brian Boru Sculpture in Cathedral Gardens, Armagh.
6. The 1765 appointment of Richard Robinson (1708 – 1794), Bishop of Kildare, to the top job in the Church of Ireland transformed Armagh’s waning fortunes. Primate Archbishop Robinson spent vast amounts of money on transforming the by then shabby and dilapidated town into a jewel of Georgian architecture, focussing his ambitious energies on his own Palace, an Infirmary, a Gaol, the beautiful Mall, and especially his Cathedral’s Library and an Observatory, intended as the nucleus of a proposed University.
The Armagh Rail Disaster Memorial on The Mall was unveiled on 12 June 2014, 125 years after the crash.
Anemometer - Robinson Type, John B. Grimoldi, Melbourne, circa 1880.
The Bramley Tree, Blue Plaque, Southwell, Notts.
Armagh Bramley Apples.
Charles Davis Lucas VC, Blue Plaque, Druminargle House, Scarva, County Armagh.
Patrick Rankin sculpture was unveiled at Dublin Bridge, Newry on Thursday 22 December 2016.
16. Michael J Murphy, "The Last Druid", was born in Liverpool in 1913. His parents were Michael ‘Buck’ Murphy and Mary Campbell, both natives of Dromintee. In 1922, when he was eight years old, the family returned to live at Dromintee. He developed an interest in storytelling, the imaginative language and the folk beliefs of the people around Slieve Gullion. He began to write down their stories and sayings and went on to record what is probably the largest collection of oral tradition ever in the English-speaking world. See more at https://ringofgullion.org/gallery/michael-j-murphy-the-last-druid/
Michael J Murphy, "The Last Druid", with Slieve Gullion n the background.
The Callan River flows past Basil Shiels beer garden at Tassagh.
19. Kilnasaggart means “Church of the Priests”. Nothing now remains of the Early Christian Monastery which once stood here, but the site still contains an old graveyard and the Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, the oldest known Christian inscribed stone in Ireland.
Liber Ardmachanus. The Book Of Armagh John Gwynn 1913 courtesy of and © Armagh Robinson Library.
Two pages of the Book of Armagh, courtesy of and © Armagh Robinson Library.
Below are some photos of me, taken on 25 September 2023, at three of the many historic places which feature on this website. Let's all continue to enjoy them whilst we can.
Aughnagurgan Megalithic Tomb
Darkley Mill Chimney