historically, was the ecclesiastical centre of Ireland for some
1,500 years. Derived from the Irish 'Ard Mhacha' referring to
the legendary Queen Mhacha, who is said to have built Fort Navan
(Emain Macha). Evidence of sacred sites and burial grounds are
abundant in the region. Once the ancient seat of Kings, Navan,
to the west of Armagh town, was the earliest capital of Ulster.
It is a site of unparalleled importance, which reflects over
7,500 years of evolution. The Irish King, Brian Boru, is buried
in Armagh cathedral.
Covering an area
of 484 square miles, County Armagh has a varied landscape from
the mountainous Ring of Gullion in the south to the rich apple-growing
region near the town of Armagh. The remaining drumlin country
of gentle rolling hills meets the County boundary at Lough Neagh
and the River Blackwater to the north.
Visitors to County Armagh can enjoy a wide range of activities
all year round. Known as the 'Orchard County', Armagh celebrates
its apple growing prowess with the breathtaking Apple Blossom
Festival in May. The Ring of Gullion in South Armagh is steeped
in Celtic mythology where traditions of Irish music, storytelling
and ceildhes are part of everyday life.
Lough Neagh and the river systems in Armagh offer superb fishing
and water sport facilities. The informative Lough Neagh Discovery
Centre is part of a recreational development including walking
trails and bird lookouts. The fascinating Newry Canal, on the
border with County Down, runs from Lough Neagh to Carlingford
Lough in County Louth. Golf; horse riding, cycling and a walk
through Gosford Forest Park contribute to the excellent outdoor
attractions in County Armagh.
The popular game of road bowls is only played in rural Armagh
and County Cork. Spectators keep a keen eye on the metal bowl
as it hurtles down country lanes at high speed.
Towns in County Armagh
The largest town in the County is Armagh. Other significant
townships are Lurgan, Portadown, Craigavon and Keady. The population
of County Armagh is estimated at 141.585.
County Armagh has a tradition in agriculture. Beef, dairy, poultry
and apple growing form the base of Armagh's agri- businesses
of meat processing, dairy food production and a thriving apple
industry. Being the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh
is a popular tourist destination for those interested in Irish
history and culture. Visitors to Armagh come from around the
world, providing the county with healthy tourist industry. Other
sectors in County Armagh include precision, agricultural and
specialist refrigeration engineering and glass manufacturing.
IT is am emerging industry for the business sector, based around
back office e-commerce and call centres. Armagh District Council
and Craigavon Borough Council jointly administer County Armagh.
|Helpful contact details for business enquiries
City and District Council
Tel: (44) 01861 529600
(44) 01762 341199
Business Centre Ltd.
(44) 01861 525050
Southern Regional Office
(44) 01693 62955
Chamber of Commerce and Trade
(44) 01861 511113
|Sources of finance applicable to business start
up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as
Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Tel: (44) 01232 529900
(44) 01232 233233
(44) 01232 491031
of Ireland Head Office NI
(44) 01232 246901
Bank Business Banking
(44) 01232 897777
Bank Business Programme
(44) 01232 245277
Bank Business Programme
(44) 01232 245277
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
supports economic development in Northern Ireland. On their
website at www.nics.gov.uk
is a multitude of helpful information and links where and
how to find business development assistance. The subsidiary
body of the Industrial Development Board is responsible
for inward investment into Northern Ireland and funding
assistance for indigenous manufacturing and tradable services
businesses with over 50 employees. LEDU, The Small Business
Agency, assists local businesses with up to 50 employees.
They have regional offices across the North. Local Enterprise
Agencies support and work with the LEDU programmes. A list
of local agencies is available from the LEDU Head Office.
|Travel (see also town
is in the south of Northern Ireland with the main connecting
train line between Dublin and Belfast passing through the county.
Ulsterbus operate a comprehensive service across Armagh with
links to Londonderry, Enniskillen and Belfast. The nearest airports
are Belfast City and Belfast International. Translink also provide
its Goldline Service in County Armagh. Belfast Port is the closest
ferry point with services to Scotland, Liverpool and the Isle
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