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Newry - Down - Bridge

Trevor Hill

Newry - Down - Bridge

Newry (from the Irish: An tIúr meaning 'the yew tree') is the third largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth in all of Ireland. The River Clanrye, which runs through the city, forms the historic border between County Armagh and County Down: Newry was included entirely in the latter by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. It is 34miles (60km) from Belfast and 67miles (108km) from Dublin. It had a population of 33,433 people in the 2001 Census. It was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland's oldest towns.

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  • County:Down
  • Town:Newry
  • Scene:TrevorHill
  • Date:1920 (estimate)

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Newry

 
Newry (from the Irish: An tIúr meaning 'the yew tree') is the third largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth in all of Ireland. The River Clanrye, which runs through the city, forms the historic border between County Armagh and County Down: Newry was included entirely in the latter by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. It is 34miles (60km) from Belfast and 67miles (108km) from Dublin. It had a population of 33,433 people in the 2001 Census. It was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland's oldest towns.

It sits at the entry to the Gap of the North, close to the border with the Republic of Ireland. It grew as a market town and a garrison and became a port in 1742 when it was linked to Lough Neagh by the first summit-level canal in The British Isles. In March 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Newry was granted city status alongside Lisburn. However, despite being the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland, it is not the fourth largest settlement. Newry was an important centre of trade in early Ireland because of its position between Belfast and Dublin. Newry has a reputation as one of the best provincial shopping-towns in Ireland and also has two of the oldest churches in Ireland.

Newry recently topped the league of house prices increases across the whole United Kingdom over the last decade. Prices in the city have increased by 371 since 1996.

Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Colman, Newry
Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Colman, Newry

The city has long pioneered cross-border and dual currency trading and 30 of all cash passing through its checkouts is in Euros.

People

  • John Mitchel, a 19th century Irish patriot who inspired the Young Ireland Movement, is buried in the Old Meeting House cemetery in the town.
  • Pat Jennings, a former goalkeeper and most capped player for Northern Ireland, was born in the town.
  • Actor John and his actress sister Susan Lynch, were both born in Newry.
  • Gaelic footballer, Seán O'Neill, regarded as one of the outstanding forwards in the game, was born in Newry.
  • John Dunlop, prominent Presbyterian churchman, was born in Newry in 1939.
  • Actor Gerard Murphy lived in Newry, and was a prominent member of the Newpoint Players theatre group.
  • Mountaineer Terence 'Banjo' Bannon is from the town. In 2006 Bannon narrowly survived an attempt to climb K2 in which four team members were killed.
  • Danny McAlinden won the bronze medal for boxing (Heavyweight) at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. Later he became British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion. He was born in Newry in 1947.
  • Matthew Russell, SJ. Irish Jesuit, poet and editor. Russell was born in Newry in 1834. He entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained to the priesthood at age 33. Father Russell established the 'Irish Monthly' in 1873 and served as editor for nearly forty years. He also wrote many volumes of verse, and corresponded with the English Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
  • Seán Hillen, artist, was born and grew up in Newry, and made a large body of photomontage artworks related to the 'troubles', many of which are based on his own photographs taken in and around Newry. They include a series satirically titled 'LondoNewry, a Mythical Town..'
  • Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen, (1832?900), Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, was born in Newry on 10 November 1832.
  • Susan McCann, world-famous folk singer is from Newry
  • BML Hillen Keene, a published author of the book Land in Mist, born in Newry on August 20, 1986.
  • Paul McManus, singer songwriter, was born in Newry

Geography

Newry lies in the most south-eastern part of both Ulster and Northern Ireland. Approximately half of the city lies in County Down and the other half in County Armagh.

The city sits in a valley, nestled between the Mourne Mountains to the east, and the Ring of Gullion to the south-west, both of which are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Clanrye River runs through the centre of town, parallel to the canal, forming part of the border between County Down and County Armagh. The city also lies at the extreme northernmost end of Carlingford Lough, where the canal enters the sea.

Sport

  • Newry is home to Newry City F.C., who play in the Irish Premier League at their Showgrouns stadium.
  • Down Gaelic football club play their home games at Páirc Esler in the city.
  • Newry Bosco GFC
  • Newry Shamrocks GAC
  • Newry Mitchel's GFC
  • Thomas Davis GFC, Corinshego
  • Ballyholland GFC
  • St. Monnina GFC, Killeavy

Transport

  • The Newry Canal opened in 1742, and was the first major commercial canal in the British Isles. It ran for 18miles to Lough Neagh. In 1777 Newry was ranked the fourth largest port in Ireland. Some surviving 18th and 19th century warehouses still line the canal, and now many houses, shops and restaurants.
  • MacNeill's Egyptian Arch is a railway bridge located near Newry. It was selected for the design of the British One Pound coin to represent Northern Ireland for 2006.
  • Newry is served by an Ulsterbus bus station, located in the city centre, that offers local, regional and cross-border services.
  • A Northern Ireland Railways station, just off the Camlough road, offers cross border services on the Dublin-Belfast line. Planning permission for the construction of a new station, to the east of the current station, was granted in May 2006.

2001 Census

Although officially a city, Newry is classified as a Large Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 27,433 people living in Newry. Of these:

  • 26.2 were aged under 16 years and 16.0 were aged 60 and over
  • 48.5 of the population were male and 51.6 were female;
  • 89.6 were from a Catholic background and 9.4 were from a Protestant background
  • 5.5 of people aged 16?4 were unemployed.

 


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