County Armagh

County Armagh is in the northern province of Ulster and is part of Northern Ireland.

Known as the “Orchard County” because the land is suitable for apple-growing.

Hills in the south include the highest Slieve Gullion, flat in the north.

Blackwater river is the border with County Tyrone and Lough Neagh marks  northern boundary.

South Armagh, a  stronghold of support for the IRA, thus the nickname “Bandit Country”,  is mostly nationalist.
The M1 motorway goes from Belfast to Dungannon and the A1-N1 from Belfast to Dublin.

Ulsterbus provides the most extensive public transport system within the county, including frequent service daily from most towns to Belfast.

Northern Ireland Railways — Iarnród Éireann’s Enterprise service provides connections to Dublin in 60-70 minutes and to  Belfast in forty five minutes several times daily.

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Brian Boru, (941 – 1014), buried in Armagh City, victor of Clontarf, High King of Ireland

Politician/clergyman Ian Paisley was born in County Armagh.

Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, founded in 445, seat of the Episcopalian Archbishop of Armagh, contains the grave of Brian Boru.

Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, founded in 1838, seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and  Primate of All Ireland is located here.
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