Past Events




Thursday 15th Nov


7pm | Free Admission

‘Stories around the mountain through time and generations’

Showing of 21 iMovies introduced by Eamonn Mallie

Friday 16th Nov


11am – 12.30pm | Free Admission

Art Pieces and Artefacts to Show and Tell

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(Premiere Showing)

1.30pm – 2.15pm | Free Admisson

Written by Séamus Keating
Adapted by Anne Garvey

The Schools' Programme events are collaborative work with St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbane; St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School, Forkill; Dromintee Primary School; St Joseph’s Primary School, Meigh and Scoil Eoin Pól, Loch an Iúir.


Friday 16th Nov


Gerry Adams T.D.

7.30pm – 8.30pm | Admission £5

‘Michael J. Murphy: 'Seanchaí, Sage and Citizen’

Saturday 17th Nov

Slieve Gullion Language Project

1.30pm – 4pm | Free Admission

  • Did you ever get a sceilp, a dunch, a dúdóg or a gonc?
  • Did you ever cap a cow, langle a goat, brer a ditch, build an adag or coup a yoke (in the shuck)?
  • Were you ever called an amadán, gulpin, bawkie, shibby, snathy, jaurie, gom, caldarach or a wee skitter?

A special session of the Michael J. Murphy Winter School examining the unique vocabulary and a way of talking around Slieve Gullion.

Facilitated by Séamus Murphy, language enthusiast and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Manager Gael Linn and Irish Language and Culture Officer with The Armagh County Board GAA.

Refreshments will be served

• Were you ever in the Clawnyeh, Borrawolly, Flurry’s bog,
Gleann Dubh, Lisavaney, Ballyclanowen or the Móin Ríbe?
Where’s the New Line, the Fingerpost, the Big Bridge, the Broad Road?
• How did your Granny pronounce Dromintee, Faughil, Mulholland, Gallagher, O’Hare, Lenihan, Collins, Kenny or Keenan, floor, board, door?
• Did you ever let a golder out of you – or a broim?
• When you were a wee girseach or gasún, did you play in the back street? Did you get covered in clabair? Did you cár when your mammy washed your face?

Do you know any strange local sayings? Can you explain where they came from?
“Boot on your goat, there’s a buck at the border”
“Up on your bike for Skull Hill”
“Die dog or ***** the licence”

What about great family nicknames? Who was Paddy the Racker, Mickey Fidge, Francie Frink, Benny the Go, Biddy the Blow, Paddy the Pearl? Michael J. Murphy was often known as Mickey Buck around here.

We want your help for a workshop about local language on 17th November 2018. Where did Irish linger longest, why do we still pronounce English as Shakespeare did? Can you add to the list above? Who do you know that could?

Here’s what you could do:
• Show this leaflet to anyone you think may have a stock of words or expressions
• Help make a list and post it to the Facebook page, or email it to any or all of these:;;
• Come along to the workshop and hear and discuss what other people have come up with
Bring your Granny

Past Events


Once again Cuimhneamh are delivering another exciting Michael J. Murphy Winter School.  The theme of this year’s Winter School is Borders and Traditions.’ This is to pay homage to Michael J. Murphy, the celebrated folklorist, writer, photographer, broadcaster and socialist republican, as probably the most independent mind ever to come out of South Armagh.


The school will open on Friday, November 24th at 12-30 pm when there will be two exciting presentations on ‘Pavhees’ and ‘The Goatmen of South Armagh’. Both of these subjects have a strong link to Michael J. as many of his ancestors were pavhees and his father was one of the South Armagh goatmen. In addition, Michael’s very first broadcast for BBC Radio was in 1937 on the subject of the bringing of goats from Connaught to Scotland and England.

Raymond Werner of the Old Irish Goat Society will speak, with the aid of slides and a stuffed goat(a few live goats may also turn up)about the DNA tracing of the old Irish goats from Connemara to London and the South East of England. There isn’t an English goat that is not a first cousin or a descendant of our own nanny goat. If you come to listen to this expert you will never look on the Slieve Gullion goat in the same light again.

Of course, the goatmen were the brothers of the pavhees and Seamus Murphy of Dernaroy, Dromintee, South Armagh, is ideally placed to demonstrate the life of a pavhee because all of his ancestors on both sides travelled the world from the Arctic to Tasmania and all points in between selling cloth of all descriptions. Indeed, according to Michael J. Murphy himself, the cloth was often made in Slieve Gullion Mills, Ireland ,and shipped to the Americas on the ‘SS Dromintee’. This ship, as the pavhee song states, ‘never left a dockyard, but she sailed on every sea’. What sort of a ship had such versatility? He also wrote a very well-crafted story called ‘Pavhees’ which appears in his short story collection ‘The Rising of Yella’ Ned and Other Stories’ published in 1992.

There is no more interesting place than South Armagh, so come along and educate yourself on Friday afternoon. But that’s just for starters. More on this outstanding winter school next week.



11.30am: Launch of DVD: Mullaghbane Primary School Local History Project.

12.30pm – 2.30pm: Raymond Werner of the Old Irish Goat Society : ‘The Importance of the Goatmen of South Armagh’; and Seamus Murphy: ‘The Pavhees of South Armagh’.

8pm: Forum -THE BIG BREXIT DEBATE- ‘Will Brexit Move The Border?’
Chair: Eamonn Mallie; and panel :Matt Carty MEP, Eoin O Murchu, Damian McGinnity, Lucy Anderson MEP, Anthony Soares.


12pm – 1pm: A Reading of Michael J. Murphy’s Play ‘Men on the Wall’ by Newpoint Players. Directed by Sean Treanor.

2pm – 4pm : ‘An Afternoon of Traditions’—- an informal session featuring Sebastian Graham on Flax Mills; Eugene McConville instructing his audience on the flax process; Seamus Murphy dramatizing the Pavhee trade; Medbh McAteer on Making Black Pudding; Sean McAteer on Making Craft Beer; Strawcraft; Readings from Michael J.Murphy on Cures and other aspects of traditional life.

8pm: ‘Michael J. Murphy Calls Back the Ceili House’– featuring Traditional Arts Partnership, South Armagh — with spontaneous contributions from the audience of Songs, Stories, Readings, Dances and General Riposte.

A Large Collection of Traditional Artefacts and Memory Boxes will be on Exhibition throughout the Winter School and the public is invited to view and debate how these were important to our ancestors.

Further details will appear in the press and on the ‘Cuimhneamh’ facebook page.


Event Details

Winter Solstice Festival 2017-Michael J. Murphy Winter School takes place on November 24, 2017 until November 25, 2017.
It starts at 11:30 and ends at 23.00.



This is the third Winter School in honour of Michael J.Murphy and this year the theme is ‘A Sense of Place’, which is appropriate to his memory. Michael J.Murphy was born in Liverpool, but came home to Dromintee when he was not yet nine years old. He went to Dromintee Primary School; left school at fourteen years old and went to work in the fields around Slieve Gullion; began to collect the stories of the people; started to write articles for the newspapers and periodicals; began a career in broadcasting and when his first book ‘At Slieve Gullion’s Foot’ was published in 1941 he began to work for The Irish Folklore Commission throughout ‘Old Ulster’, from Rathlin to the Boyne and from Sligo to the Ards in Co. Down. By the time of his retirement in 1983 he had compiled the largest collection of oral tradition ever collected by a single individual in the English-speaking world. He published ten books and amassed a huge photographic collection.

The Winter School, appropriately, begins in Dromintee GAA club on Wednesday, November 18th at 8pm, where his very detailed survey of Dromintee Parish in the spring of 1942 will be unveiled for the first time with the kind permission of The Department of Irish Folklore, University College, Dublin.

On Friday, November 20th, and on Saturday, November 21st, in Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre, a number of eminent speakers will address the theme ‘A Sense of Place’. These include Joe Mahon(Lesser Spotted Ulster); Aine Ni Neachtain(University College,Cork); Donna Traynor (BBC News Presenter); Bernadette McAliskey (Community activist and former Mid-Ulster MP); Linda Ervine (East Belfast Irish Language Development Officer); Cathleen O’Neill (Dublin City Community activist); Frances Black (Singer and CEO of The Rise Foundation); Colm Donnelly (QUB Archaeologist)and Donal McAnallen (GAA writer based in the O’Fiaich Library). There will be music on both nights with Paula Flynn and Bothan. So look out for the detailed programme which will be available in local retail outlets, in the press and on social media.