Cultural Heritage

The legendary Ring of Gullion which is steeped in Celtic mythology has been a place of pilgrimage for some of Ireland’s famous writers such as W.B Yeats.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sliabh Gullion became a platform for prominent political leaders such as, Charles Stewart Parnell, Arthur Griffith, Maud Gonne MacBride, and Michael Collins.

The South Armagh region is also known as Ceantar na n-Amhran (District of Song) and Ceantar na Bhfill (District of the poets) due to the rich heritage of music and poetry.   An oral tradition in storytelling, Celtic myths and legends created a rich environment for the Gaelic poets of the 18th and 19th century such as Art Mac Cumhaigh, Peadar Ó Doirnín, Seamus Mor McMurphy, Seamus Dall Mac Cuarta, Padraig Mac Giolla Fhiondain and Art Mac Bionaid.  Their poetry is a precious legacy from a dark period in our history; the defiant voices of a few lone singers who articulated the joys and sorrows of the common people at a time when most of the latter were reduced to silence and despair.