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Bard of Armagh homestead committee

Bard of Armagh homestead committee

This project, which is led by local community volunteers focuses on the life of Bishop Dr Patrick Donnelly of Dromore, the “Bard of Armagh”.  The scheme will centre on the Bard’s home, a uniquely important 18th century dwelling house in Lislea.  It plans to explore the potential to bring the house back to its former glory.  This important jewel in the heritage of the Ring of Gullion AONB deserves to be recognised.

The building has sadly fallen into a severe state of neglect.  This project will facilitate discussion and planning with the house’s owners on how best to move forward.  Ultimately the house and its rich and intriguing local and ecclesiastical history will be shared with a wide audience at home and abroad.  It is hoped that this project will bring Bishop Donnelly’s story back to life.

The family who own the house and the Bard of Armagh Homestead Committee share a desire to protect this unique dwelling and carry the story of this world-renowned character to future generations.  The Bard of Armagh’s history is one of a man who had a profound impact on his own parish and also throughout Ireland during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It is a tale that deserves widespread recognition.

Project Updates

Bard of Armagh Homestead Committee wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Update published on: October 12, 2016


Today, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, through the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme, received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Exploring the Restoration and Re-instatement of the Home of the Bard of Armagh.”

Read the full article here.

Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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