Monday, 4 April 2016

Generous people

We haven’t found anyone in southern Armagh who isn’t cheerful and anxious to be helpful from hotel staff to those who have responded to casual enquiries, and yesterday we fell into the hands of a local historian who drove us round all afternoon identifying routes into bits of forestry within which an abandoned Harvey farmsteads stood, showing us the footprint of the local flax and linen industry, sharing local details of the Troubles, pointing out the birthplace of Willie McBride, and so much more.  Here, almost as a random example, are two things on the same point on the old Armagh-Dublin coaching road: a surviving milestone (we were 56 Irish miles north of Dublin) and a retaining wall built across a mountain stream designed to ease the gathering of water.

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