Aonach Mhacha

Aonach Mhacha is located at the site of the old fire station in the historic heart of Armagh city and opened in March 2020 as an Irish language and cultural enterprise centre and is home to the Armagh Rhymers.

The name for the new cultural hub ‘Aonach Mhacha’ translates as ‘Assembly of Macha’ and is taken from the great Gaelic tribal assemblies or ‘Aonachs’ which had their origins in the pre-history of Ireland.

These were truly magnificent gatherings at which the business of the whole district, province or country – legal, social, commercial and political – was conducted. The Aonach of Ulster was held in Armagh, could last up to three weeks and took place as many as three times a year.

One of the main objectives of the centre is to develop an awareness of and encourage appreciation of Irish culture through the promotion of the Irish language, music, drama, poetry, literature, visual arts, sports and social history.

Aonach Mhacha’s state of the art theatre and roof terrace, with it’s stunning views over the St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, have provided the perfect performance venue for The Armagh Rhymers.

During the 2020 lockdown The Armagh Rhymers performed a concert from the terrace as part of the National Concert Hall in Dublin’s online micro-concerts aimed at young people and families. This wonderful venue has allowed the Rhymers to continue to reach our audience whether live in person, or digitally online.

Aonach Mhacha also continues the tradition of hosting gatherings, from book launches to dancing and music classes as well as celebrations from Christmas to Bealtaine.

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Aonach Mhacha 74-76, Sráid na nGall, Armagh BT61 7LG