Flagstaff View point Newry overlooking the majestic Carlingford Lough photo by: Andrew Mackin Photography.com

Ballymacdermot Court Tomb taken by: Oisin Loughran


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Where I live in Ireland

I am blessed to live is South Armagh just outside Newry in the townland of Ballymacdermot, Killeavy within the ring of Slieve Gullion, South Armagh a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

South Armagh lies within a region long associated with an ancient frontier that is as old as the earliest records of human habitation in Ireland. It was along these roads and fields, and over these hills and mountains, that Cúchulainn and the Red Branch Knights, the O’Neills and the O’Hanlons roamed, battled and died.

This area reflects the mix of cultures from the Neolithic Era to the present day. It is an area which has always represented a frontier: from the ancient Iron Age defences of the Dorsey, through the Anglo-Norman Pale, and latterly to the modern border. The Ring of Gullion is a unique geological landform – unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK – and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped.

Slieve Gullion’s mysterious reputation arises from its associations with myths and legends and the wider area’s rich archaeological heritage. It is alive with history, awash in scenic beauty and bursting with culture.

“It has been said of South Armagh that you can ‘kick any stone’ and it will tell a story….