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Armagh hamlet may be best place to live in Ireland

A little known hamlet in Co Armagh is being hailed as the best place to live in Ireland, according to a devoted inhabitant.

Though few have even heard of it, Tassagh, which lies along one of Ireland's great ancient roads, residents claim that despite comprising just a pub, a church and a post office, its close-knit community makes for a "very big place" indeed.

Irish Times reader Ursula Conroy, nominating it for the newspaper's hunt for the best place to live in Ireland, states, in her proposal of Tassagh: "It's an area steeped in history, overlooked on one side by Slieve Fuait, where legend says St. Patrick wanted to build the cathedral that now stands over Armagh city, the other side overlooked by a sprawling viaduct, a monument to the bygone days of industry when Tassagh was dotted with linen mills and flax holes."

Commenting that Tassagh "really comes to life" in spring, Ursula waxes lyrical: "From when the mist kims the valley at dawn to the silence at twilight when the sweet stench of honeysuckle fills the air the locals are about enjoying the area's understated beauty. Roads are filled with cyclists and runners, horses and carts and road-bowlers, walkers and gardeners, never without the dying art of a hand up at every stranger passing."

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