Co. Armagh

Co. Armagh was a hive of activity in the Second World War. Thousands of American GIs passed through the Orchard County from bases such as Brownlow House.

County Armagh

Co. Armagh

United Kingdom

County Armagh in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 1,326 square kilometres and has a population of about 174,792.

It shares borders with Co. Down to the east and Co. Tyrone to the north-west. On its north-eastern side is the Lough Neagh.

Tandragee Castle in 1943

In 1943 and 1944, men from the US Army were based at Tandragee Castle in Co. Armagh. The 6th Cavalry Mechanised Division manoeuvred in the area. Photo from Roy Vogan's Tandragee Community Photos collection. Copyright unknown. Used with permission of Roy Vogan.


The area is known as The Orchard County due to the many apple orchards. The south of the county is rugged and hilly with Carrigatuke, Lislea, and Camlough Mountains as well as Slieve Gullion, the county’s highest point.


The county takes its name from the town of Ard Macha, the Irish word for Macha’s Height, thought to be an ancient king who built a site at what is now Navan Fort.

Towns and Cities

Map showing Acton, Co. Armagh

Acton, Co. Armagh

Acton , Co. Armagh

Acton is a small village in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies around half a mile north of Poyntzpass in the Armagh City and District Council area.

Map showing Armagh City, Co. Armagh

Armagh City, Co. Armagh

Armagh , Co. Armagh

Armagh City is a cathedral city in the heart of Northern Ireland. Sharing its name with the historic county, it saw much activity during World War Two.

Map showing Bessbrook, Co. Armagh

Bessbrook, Co. Armagh

Bessbrook , Co. Armagh

Bessbrook is a small village in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies around three miles north-west of Newry on the main route between Belfast and Dublin.

Map showing Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh

Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh

Crossmaglen , Co. Armagh

The village of Crossmaglen in Co. Armagh has a population of around 1,500. During World War Two, it was the site of Urcher Hill Chain Home Radar Station.

Map showing Keady, Co. Armagh

Keady, Co. Armagh

Co. Armagh

Keady is a town in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland near the border with Republic of Ireland. American GIs had bases around the village during World War Two.

Map showing Loughgall, Co. Armagh

Loughgall, Co. Armagh

Loughgall , Co. Armagh

Loughgall is a small village in the heart of Orchard County, rural Co. Armagh. The population is less than 300 but in 1944 American GIs made a home there.

Map showing Lurgan, Co. Armagh

Lurgan, Co. Armagh

Co. Armagh

The Co. Armagh town of Lurgan played a major role in World War Two when the imposing Brownlow House became headquarters for the United States Army in 1942.

Map showing Portadown, Co. Armagh

Portadown, Co. Armagh

Co. Armagh

World War Two brought many changes to the town of Portadown, Co. Armagh. British, American, Belgian, and even German troops found themselves in the town.

Map showing Tandragee, Co. Armagh

Tandragee, Co. Armagh

Tandragee , Co. Armagh

Tandragee is a town in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. The town lies on the banks of the River Cusher. Today, it is best known as the home of Tayto crisps.




Co. Armagh