Armagh City, Co. Armagh in the Second World War

The city of Armagh, Co. Armagh hosted American GIs during the Second World War and The Mall provided a venue for one of General Patton’s famous speeches.

Armagh City

Co. Armagh

United Kingdom

General George S Patton in Armagh

United States Army Photo: Part of the US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection. Lieutenant General George S Patton with Major General Walter Robertson pass in review of Third Army Troops in Armagh, Northern Ireland on 1st April 1944 prior to the Normandy invasion in June. Public domain photo with no known copyright restrictions.

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the city's World War Two heritage.

Map showing Drumcairn Mill, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Drumcairn Mill, Armagh, Co. Armagh

8-10 Loughall Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Over the years, Drumcairn Mill in Armagh and the nearby Mill Row houses have endured some hard times. American GIs brought a little bit of glamour in 1943.

Map showing Gough Barracks, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Gough Barracks, Armagh, Co. Armagh

1-2 Cityview / Newry Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Gough Barracks was a military base in Armagh. For most of its history, it was home to the Royal Irish Fusiliers as well as the US Army during World War Two.

Map showing Palace Stables, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Palace Stables, Armagh, Co. Armagh

The Palace Demesne, Armagh, Co. Armagh

The Palace Stables in Armagh is a heritage centre set in parkland dating back to the 1700s, created by the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland in the city.

Map showing St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Armagh, Co. Armagh

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Armagh, Co. Armagh

72 Cathedral Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh City, Co. Armagh held services throughout World War Two. Service personnel from many countries attended.

Map showing The Mall, Armagh, Co. Armagh

The Mall, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Armagh, Co. Armagh

On 1st April 1944, thousands of men from the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division lined The Mall in Armagh to hear the words of General George S Patton.

Map showing Victoria Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Victoria Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Armagh, Co. Armagh

In the summer of 2017, an explosive device thought to date to World War Two was discovered in a resident's garden on Victoria Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh.