(c) 2016 Mount Merrion Historical Society
Next Annual Outing................. Saturday 10th June, 2017
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Mount Merrion Historical Society
                   Tour Itinery
                       (private coach)
           
          Saturday 10th June, 2017
             
                  
              Depart: Mount Merrion 9.00am (*)
               
               Included @ Ä38.00 per person

                * tea/coffee scone
(en route)
              
                * guided tours of:
                   - St. Patrick's Cathedral
(Church of Ireland)
                   - Armagh Diocesan Registry
                   - Armagh Public Library
                   - Navan Centre & Fort
                
               
free time for lunch
(not included)
              
              Return: Mount Merrion 6.00pm
               
            
                   (*) from The Rise car park,
                         Church of St. Therese,
                      The Rise, Mount Merrion

           
Book at monthly talks (April 6th, May 4th)
                    or download Booking Form here
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Armagh Public Library, the oldest library in Northern Ireland, was founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson as part of his plans to establish a university and to improve Armagh City. The nucleus of the collection is Archbishop Robinsonís own library, containing 17th and 18th century books on many subjects.

The 1773 ĎAct for settling and preserving the Publick Library in Armagh for everí established the Library and its name. The Library building was designed by Thomas Cooley, and has always housed both the Library and the Library Keeperís residence.
One of Irelandís most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Navan Fort is where myth and reality meets.
Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and is open to the public. While the records are no longer retained in the building, examples are on display, with ancient coins, gems, significant prints, early Christian artefacts and other collections and curiosities which belong to Armagh Public Library. There are also opportunities to explore the collections in more detail, through the use of touch screens.  This deceptively large building, which resembles a modest dwelling from the outside, has a fascinating interior, retains many of its original features and will appeal to all age groups.
Armagh
and its attractions
Saint Patrick founded his great church on the hill of Armagh in 445AD.  The present building dates from 1268 and was last restored in 1834.

The Cathedral contains an 11th century Celtic Cross and a number of sculptures from the Iron Age to the 20th century. The High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, was buried in the Cathedral grounds in 1014.