• Festivals

    Festivals are an enjoyable addition to the life of a community; they are a welcome break from the sometimes mundane run of the mill routine and offer us the opportunity to let our hair down.
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  • Sport

    Sport plays an important role in the life of a community.
    We have some great facilities and support and encourage all sports for all ages.
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  • Culture

    The promotion of the Irish Language is an important aspect of the West Armagh Consortium's aims and objectives.
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Welcome to West Armagh - About Us

Welcome to the West Armagh Consortium's website. We hope that you will find this both interesting and informative. We would like to take this opportunity to give the reader some background to us.

The West Armagh Consortium (WAC) was constituted in November 2002 as a voluntary amalgamation of local community groups from Armagh City West. As a non-sectarian and politically unaffiliated umbrella organisation, the Consortium welcomes affiliations from all new and existing community and voluntary groups in our catchment area. The groups currently affiliated represent districts within the three electoral wards of Abbey Park, Callanbridge and Downs.


The following statement was released to coincide with the announcement that it has been decided to organise a community parade in Armagh for St. Patricks' Day 

'It looks set to be a bumper weekend of celebration in Armagh this year as a community led initiative has now begun to bring the City to life on Sunday the 17th March in honour of Ireland’s patron Saint.

The project being fronted by the West Armagh Community Consortium, in conjunction with a wide range of civic, business and community interests, is seeking to ensure that the Saint’s feast day is suitably and properly celebrated in traditional style in Ireland’s ancient ecclesiastical capital and home to St Patrick himself.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Mr Stephen Fields, Community Development Manager for the WAC described it as;

 “A fantastic opportunity for the people of Armagh and beyond to come out on Sunday 17th March to mark the occasion in true Armagh style and to be part of the global celebration of St Patrick on that date. There has been a remarkable sense of frustration in the local community, and from further afield, at the plausibility of there being no parade in Armagh on 17th March, and we intend to make sure that is not the case and to do so in style.”

Nationalist councillors on the ABC Council have given the proposed parade their support.

Councillor Garath Keating, speaking on behalf of Sinn Féin, described the project as;

“A hugely important and community owned initiative, I am delighted at the prospect of Armagh people now having an opportunity to come together on the 17th March to show the world what St Patrick means to them and to this City. This is a sacred day in the calendar for people across the world, particularly so here in Ireland, to celebrate St Patrick”.

Speaking on behalf of the SDLP, Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon welcomed the initiative by the West Armagh Consortium saying;

“The initiative to host a Community procession on Sunday 17TH March is a welcome initiative.  This event is planned to complement the existing events organised throughout the Home of St Patrick Festival.  We look forward to engaging with the community, sporting and cultural groups in Armagh and beyond in helping bring forward a procession on Sunday 17th March.  Armagh is the home of Saint Patrick and I hope in the coming days people can unite around the event planned by the Consortium and look forward to the meeting on Wednesday night.”

 Acknowledging the array of events already organised as part of the build up to St Patrick’s Day, the organisers are very keen to point out that this event is in no way intended to be in competition with those ventures, but rather as a community initiative to complement and supplement the existing line-up of festival activities. Mr. Fields added;

“We felt as a community it was important to have continuity with the occasion being marked here locally on the day. Whilst we understand the reasoning of those organising the procession on Saturday 16th March, and wish that event every success, we have seen since that date was announced that there is a huge appetite here locally for people who also wish to mark the traditional date of the festivities”.  

“As such therefore, we are calling on all groups, organisations and interested parties wishing to celebrate the life and legacy of St Patrick here in County Armagh on Sunday 17th March, to join with us in making this event a truly amazing, inclusive, multicultural, family and community orientated spectacle”.

There will be a public meeting to commence co-ordination of the event at the Cathedral Road Complex next Wednesday evening 13th February at 7.30pm. 

All members of the public along with representatives of any organisations wishing to register interest in the event are cordially invited to the meeting. With time in short supply we are appealing to as many people as possible to help out and take ownership of this historic event in our historic City. Interest can also be registered by email to the following address:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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