10 Barrack Street Armagh
Alterations and restoration of existing shop unit (including change of use of first and second floor living accommodation to retail use and erection of a new shop front. Creation of new shop unit onto Little barrack Street
The buildings on Barrack street were formerly private dwellings amidst what was the area of a thriving horse fair. Since then the dwelling has changed into commercial premises. Little Barrack Street is now a conglomeration of rear service entrances and alternative access to the commercial buildings.
Ivan Anderson’s Memories of living on Barrack Street Armagh.
Ivan Anderson was born in 1944 and his family moved to 8 Barrack Street in 1950.
‘When we family moved in, the building needed a lot of repair work. My Dad opened a Barber shop in the front room and we used the basement as a kitchen and the bedrooms were upstairs. We had a Soccer team on Barrack Street called the ‘Armagh Dynamo’s’ who played in the Under 15 league. We would all change into our gear in our garage!
I played cricket for Armagh and then went to QUB and married and moved to Lisburn in 1969. I remember when Barrack Street flooded in 1958 and there was 3ft of water in our basement kitchen. In the 1970’s we built an extension which incorporated a kitchen, lounge and store. My Mother Annie opened a Ladies Drapery shop where the Barbershop was in 1973 and it was called I&R’s named after myself and my brother Robert. The business was still in existence until the 1990’s. In 2004, My Mum Annie moved to a flat across the road. She died in 2008. The building is still owned by my nephew.’Ivan was arguably the most complete Irish cricketer in history and certainly one of the few players of his time who were good enough to play county cricket. He played for Armagh, Queens University, Waringstown and Ireland (1966–1985) He played 80 times for Ireland & had a highest first-class score of 147, and his best bowling in first-class cricket was 5/21. He had a higher score for Ireland in a non-first-class match, scoring 198 not out against Canada at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club in September 1973, an innings that was the highest in all of Ireland’s matches until Eoin Morgan broke it in February 2007. (Source: Wikipedia)
10 Barrack Street Armagh – Ivan Anderson’s memories:
‘I remember the Bishop family living in No 10, their daughter joined the Women’s Air Force and they moved to the UK. Following that William Stewart moved into No 10 and he worked in Whitsitt’s Shop in Armagh. He was a real character and used to wear a High brimmed hard hat. Ernie Hartley then opened a Bakery in the building, some of the equipment was still in the basement before restoration work commenced. Ernie lived on the Newry Road in Armagh’.