The town of Keady in Co. Armagh has a long association with textile manufacture. Situated in a prime position to the south west of Armagh City, it also played host to troops throughout World War Two.
The growth of water-power and the town’s proximity to the Clea River, a tributary of the River Callan that flows from Clea Lake, lead to an 18th-century boom.
William Kirk first established the Keady Mill and another in nearby Darkley. The Keady Monument still stands in his honour. Today, Keady Mill is a newly restored building in the town centre that doubles as office space and a visitor attraction.
British and American Forces
The following British and American forces were based in the Co. Armagh town between 1939 and 1944. If you have more information, please get in touch.
|Start Date||End Date||Units|
|November 1941||4th Battalion, The Welch Regiment|
|20th October 1943||11th April 1944||9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division|