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CHAIRDINÉIL Ó FIAICH HERITAGE CENTRE

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THE CENTRE

Picture of bust of Cardinal Tomas O' Fiaich

Welcome to the Cardinal O Fiaich Heritage Centre in Cullyhanna.
  • Experience the various themes on display of Cullyhanna's most famous son.
  • Explore the Cardinal's life and many facets of this remarkable man.
Whether your interests are religious, cultural, historical, social or archaeological there is something here for you.

Some of the Cardinal's Vestments

Introduction

Áras Chairdinéil Ó Fiaich is an interpretative centre established by Cullyhanna Community Enterprises Ltd to the memory of the late Tomás Chairdinéil Ó Fiaich.

Official Opening

The Cardinal's desk etcThe 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.

The Building

Group viewing exhibitSituated 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.

Picture of the handsetsYou 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.

Picture of British Airways Tourist AwardIn 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.

Working with Others

  • A major tenant of the Centre is the Creggan Local History Society which holds meetings there monthly from September to June and shares its extensive historical archives with those of the Centre.
  • The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, the O Fiaich Centre and the Creggan History Society are working together to develop ways to promote the tourist potential of the South Armagh/Co. Monaghan border area.

Visitors

Click HERE for information on visitors.