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ABOUT THE TITLE
This is another provoking title although not many of you probably realize it. The expression the Troubles in Armagh refers to some incidents which happened as a consequence of tension between Catholics and Protestants in the years 1975-1994 in the County Armagh in Northern Ireland. You can find more details about it HERE.
I used this phrase for the title because the counties of Northern Ireland are “trouble makers” in the TE gallery as well. Many people uploading photos from this area select Ireland as a country and of course they cannot find these counties on the list because they are listed under United Kingdom, and not Ireland. In such a situation many people decide to put the photo under a random Irish county. As a consequence plenty of northern-Irish photos end up in other random places. Of course not the TE is guilty here but the clumsiness of uploading people.

I am sorry though I did not mean any disrespect, I did not want to offend anybody feelings, if so happened, I sincerely apologize.

ABOUT THE PLACE
Armagh (from the Irish: “Ard Mhacha” meaning "Macha's height") is a large settlement in Northern Ireland, and the county town of County Armagh. It is an ancient site of worship for both Celtic paganism and Christianity. Although classed as a medium-sized town, Armagh was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. Its population of 14,590 (2001) makes it the least-populated city in both Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland.
Armagh is the site of two cathedrals, both on hills and both named after Saint Patrick. The Church of Ireland cathedral dates back to around 445. The present-day, post-Reformation, Roman Catholic cathedral was constructed during the latter half of the 1800s and features twin 64m spires, making it the tallest such structure in the county. Armagh is the only city in the world which is home to two cathedrals of the same name.


ABOUT THE BUILDINGS
This photograph does not present any of the abovementioned cathedrals. These attractive structures are located at the west side of The Mall: charming grassy field in the Armagh town centre which is a great place for a walk.
The gray church in the back is the First Armagh Presbyterian Church.
The foundation stone for the present church was laid in January 1878 and the building was completed in the following year, at a cost of Ł10,000. Built in Armagh limestone with dressings of Dungannon sandstone, the church is in the style of the Gothic revival, with its full quota of carvings in the shape of vines, acorns, scrolls and - strangest of all - a monkey! The fine Gothic pattern cast-iron railings give way to a wide flight of eleven stone steps lead-ing to the entrance doors. Note the graceful spire which is 185 feet in height.
The red building in the foreground is the Gospel Hall.
Built in 1884 in the early Gothic style by architect James Fullerton, initially as a Masonic Hall. Now the Gospel Hall since 1948.

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