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Stained Glass Treasures in the City of Armagh
Grantham Gardens
10am - 1pm

Saturday 16 March
10 to 1pm | Armagh City

Treasure Ireland from National Churches Trust in collaboration with Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council invite you to a special Saint Patrick’s Weekend event to discover the vibrant stained-glass treasures found in  stunning churches and cathedrals in Armagh.

Walk and talk as we visit six stunning places of worship exploring treasured stained glass by remarkable artists and studios as well as links to Saint Patrick.

Key Speaker
Our key speaker is Dr David Caron. David was born in Dublin and studied Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, to which he returned in due course as lecturer and was subsequently appointed as Head of Department. He was one of the three original compilers of the first edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass in 1988. David’s PhD research at Trinity College Dublin focused on the stained glass artist Michael Healy and the artists of An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass) studio. He has written articles on various aspects of Irish stained glass over the years, usually for the Irish Arts Review, and most recently published a fabulous book based on his PhD research: Michael Healey: An Túr Gloine’s, Stained Glass Pioneer, Four Courts Press 2023.

Walk and Talk
Over three hours we will explore six places of worship taking a gentle stroll through Armagh’s rich ecclesiastical heritage. Aimed at all walking abilities, there will be comfort facilities en route. We meet at Grantham Gardens off The Mall before walking to St Mark’s Parish Church. The six churches include:

St Mark’s Parish Church
First Presbyterian Church Armagh
The Mall Presbyterian Church
St Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland)
Armagh Methodist Church
St Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

The Treasure Ireland project from the National Churches Trust
The Treasure Ireland project is an initiative between the National Churches Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division. Set up in 2020 it offers specialist support to churches in Northern Ireland.

National Churches Trust
We want to keep churches open and in use. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are impressive, exciting and surprising places. Whether seeking quiet reflection access to critical community services, a warm welcome, a place to worship, or a space to explore, we believe they should be loved and supported. Available to all.  Working together with churches we help to maintain these wonderful historic buildings and keep them thriving today, and tomorrow.

This FREE event is hosted in collaboration with the Treasure Ireland project and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council. 

The Treasure Ireland project is made possible thanks to the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Historic Environment at the Department for Communities.