Armagh’s bilingual heritage walking group enjoyed a fascinating walking tour last week to the beautiful surrounds of St Luke’s Hospital. Led by Cairde Teo Irish language development officer, Seán Ó Maoilsté, the group visited the grounds of the various buildings within the hospital, as well as the three church buildings on site. Seán explained the history of the hospital and some of the events that happened over the years as recorded in the minutes of the hospital board.
Last Thursday’s walk was the latest in a series of walks, which included a tour of sites associated with Séamus Mór Mac Murchaidh, the site of the former Workhouse at Tower Hill, a guided tour of Benburb including a visit to Benburb Castle, and a walk alongside the Callan River. This week’s walk will focus on the ancient capital of Ulster at Navan Fort. The walk will commence at 7pm at Pearse Óg GFC on the Ballycrummy Road and will make it’s way to the Navan Fort road, where participants will call into see the fort itself and learn about the rich history and mythology associated with the site. From there, participants will also walk the short distance to the King’s Stables on the Creeveroe Road. The walk will then make its way back to the starting point at Pearse Óg GFC.