Published Tuesday, 11 December 2012
The pub on Thomas Street was attacked on Monday night. (© UTV)
A crowd of around 200 loyalists smashed windows after they broke away from the main protest in the city shortly before 9pm.
"Within seconds the door was booted open and there was a lot of cursing and shouting, vulgar language, 'no surrender' and that there," explained Bernard Rafferty, owner of Rafferty's Bar.
Mr Rafferty and two women who had been in the bar held the front door closed while members of the crowd smashed windows.
Two fireworks thrown through the window exploded with loud bangs, filling the bar with smoke. One of the fireworks narrowly missed a tourist who was in the bar at the time of the attack.
"That tourist, if he had had his head a millimetre in the other way he would have been hit up the face by one of those fireworks. He was a very lucky man," he told UTV.
"He left straight after. I don't think he will be in Armagh or the north again. He was in quite a bad state."
Although there are smashed windows and damaged floors to be repaired, Mr Rafferty said he was relieved that no one had been seriously injured in the attack.
"These things can be replaced and repaired and we will remain in business," he added.
Less than an hour after the attack three men were hit by a car in the Newry Road area of Armagh.
They suffered minor injuries in the hit and run. A 17-year-old boy was arrested in the Cavancaw Road area.
He was questioned about the crash and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
© UTV News