Áras Chairdinéil Ó Fiaich is an interpretative centre established by Cullyhanna Community Enterprises Ltd to the memory of the late Tomás Chairdinéil Ó Fiaich.
The building was officially opened on 2 June 1995 by Mr. W.W. McCarter, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, before a distinguished audience including Cardinal Daly, Sean Brady, the Archbishop of Armagh, Gerard Clifford, Auxiliary Bishop, Mr Seamus Mallon, MP and Mr Bernie Morris, Co. Armagh Association of New York. Click HERE for photos of the Opening.
Situated in the heart of the village, the centre is an impressive building of very high specification and has already attracted much favourable comment on its design and the high standard of workmanship. The location is very appropriate because it was the site of an old church from the 1750's until 1892, and then Cullyhanna National School from 1894 until 1972. The building comprises an exhibition hall, reception area, two work/storage units and a restaurant. The building is suitable for wheelchair access.
You can learn about the Cardinal's life through the audio-visual display. In addition to commemorating the life of the late Cardinal, many displays also comprehensively explore the heritage of the area. There are photographs, memorabilia and a telephone hand set where you can listen to songs and poems of South Armagh. There is also an excellent research library. Models of ancient monuments and old townland maps of the South Armagh area on display.
In 1998 The centre won a British Airways Tourism Award at a ceremony held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. The centre was highly commended in the Best Project Section. This is a prestigious award for community based projects in Northern Ireland, and it is truly a benchmark on the centre's quality, and a tribute to the hard work of the community and especially those involved in the creation of the heritage centre.
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VisitorsClick HERE for information on visitors.