Armagh Theatre Group presents “IMPACT – Armagh’s train disaster” – 27, 28, 29 Oct

On Wednesday 12 June 1889, a scheduled passenger train travelling from Armagh to Newry collided with a packed excursion train on the outskirts of the city resulting in the loss of 89 lives and countless injuries. It is hard to comprehend that a disaster of this magnitude, with the loss of so many young lives from one small community, could be so rarely mentioned within Armagh itself and scarcely known about beyond the locality. The legacy was profound as it led to the introduction of hydraulic brakes on all locomotives preventing similar catastrophes the world over. The play tells this story by way of interlacing the testaments of witnesses at the Public Enquiry with fictionalised personal testaments of local people affected by the tragedy.

This play informs another generation of this important and often forgotten tragic episode in the history of Armagh. The grief, pain and numbness which must have enveloped the entire town and district on that fateful day is hard to imagine. It is an episode in the history of Armagh which should always be remembered.

‘IMPACT – Armagh’s Train Disaster’ is conceived, written, produced and acted entirely by members of Armagh Theatre Group.The large cast is supplemented by local children choreographed and cast by Caleigh Houlahan Dance, and members of a local brass band. There will be four performances in The Market Place Theatre Armagh in late October 2022.

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