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West Armagh Community Festival

 

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The West Armagh Community Festival began in 2001 the festival and takes place in early August. Designed to coincide with the anniversary of the introduction of internment in 1971 the idea was to divert energies at this particular time to something more positive. In the early years of internment the anniversary was a particularly volatile time of year. Protests were widespread and the city was no different and it was a period of considerable street unrest.

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St.Patrick's Day

First up on the calendar is St.Patrick's Day. Despite being the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, the feast of our patron saint has not always been significantly celebrated. Official recognition of the day was not always forthcoming and in the late 80's early 90's a group made up of locals got together and organised what turned out to be some of the biggest parades the town has ever seen.

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