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The Ulster Tourist Development Association declared in 1935 that 'Armagh is perhaps the most important county in Ulster from the tourist's point of view.' It is certainly the case that much of Ulster's colourful early history has taken place in and around the ancient ecclesiastical settlement of Armagh. Although one of the smallest counties in Ireland, it is steeped in myth and legend, and its association with Saint Patrick secured for Armagh the position of the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
Armagh: History & Guide takes a detailed look at the often turbulent history of the county, and provides a guide to its rich archaeological and architectural heritage. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, this comprehensive guide to County Armagh is as fascinating as the location it describes and will appeal to residents and tourists alike.
Dr Ian Maxwell is a graduate of Queen's University of Belfast and a former research officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. A freelance writer specialising in social and family history, his publications include Researching Your Armagh Ancestors (UHF, 2000) and How To Trace Your Irish Ancestors (How to Books, 2008).