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Tandragee family hand over Deputy Mayor chain to County Museum

Forty-two years after it was presented to the local council and the Deputy Mayor’s chain of Armagh has been handed over to Armagh County Museum.

The presentation was made by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Lord Mayor Darryn Causby.

Lord Mayor Causby handed the chain over to Sean Barden and Sarah Millsopp at the Museum.

It was last worn by former Ulster Unionist Councillor Joy Rollston. She was the last Deputy Mayor of Armagh, serving alongside Sinn Fein’s Cathy Rafferty as Lord Mayor.

Neither stood for re-election and Armagh City and District Council ceased to be on April 1 when it amalgamated with Banbridge District Council and Craigavon Borough Council.

Also present for the presentation were Council Director Olga Murtagh, Council Official Rosemary Mulholland, and Mr and Mrs Bill Gillespie and Christopher Mehaffey, representing the Sinton family from Tandragee.

They donated the chain of office to the council in 1963, with the agreement that that, when Armagh City and District Council ceased to exist, the Deputy Mayor’s chain would be passed to the Museum.

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