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William Kirk MP

William Kirk, entrepreneur, landlord, magistrate, and MP, is remembered chiefly for his association with linen. Th e picturesque valleys of south Armagh, with their plentiful water supply and moist climate perfect for the growing of fl ax, provided an ideal setting for its production, and when a man of Kirk’s ability took up residence there, prosperity and expansion were a foregone conclusion. He was not a native of the place, only moving here around 1820, but he made it his home until he died, and his name is commemorated on a fine monument in Keady, and enshrined in the long folk  memory of the people.

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