Armagh Visitor Education Committee

Border Heritage Book
Information and Reviews

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The Observatory, 2009

Due North, Autumn/Winter 2008

Orbit, Aug/Sep 2008 - PDF format

The richly illustrated 300-page book has been edited and produced by Mark Bailey, Director of the Armagh Observatory and the Deputy Chair of AVEC. It draws together the rich tapestry of interconnecting elements that make up the shared heritage of this border region. It traces the heritage of the City of Armagh and Monaghan County from roots in the distant past to the future. The book provides a readable and highly accessible introduction to the unique shared heritage of the area. It supports heritage tourism and will be of interest both to residents of the region and to those just passing through.

The book is more than 300 pages long and includes contributions from members of AVEC as well as visiting speakers at the two Armagh heritage days, and others, notably Shirley Clerkin, the Monaghan County Council Heritage Officer; Anthony Malcomson, the former Director of the Public Records Office Northern Ireland; Marcus Patton, Director of Hearth; Primrose Wilson, the Chair of the Follies Trust; Dick Oram, formerly of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Section of the DOE; and John Butler, Emeritus Research Astronomer, Armagh Observatory. It has been produced in full colour with more than 180 separate illustrations highlighting much of the unique heritage of Armagh City and District as well as that of the surrounding Border region of Monaghan County.

Get Your Free Copy

You can pick up a free copy of the book from any of the AVEC organisations listed on the right hand side of this page or you can have one sent to you at a cost of £4 to cover postage and packaging. For the latter contact

Mark E. Bailey at the
Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG.
Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174;


Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer, Monaghan County Council. Ph: 00353 47 38140


From the publishers The Stationery Office, Belfast.

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