Lurgan (from Irish: An Lorgain, meaning "the shin-shaped hill") is a
town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The town is near the southern
Lough Neagh and is in the north-eastern corner of County
Lurgan is about 18 miles (29 km) south-west of
Belfast and is linked to the city by both the M1 motorway and the
Dublin railway line. It had a population of about 23,000 at
the 2001 Census. It is within the Armagh,
Banbridge and Craigavon
Lurgan is characteristic of many
Plantation of Ulster
Plantation of Ulster settlements,
with its straight, wide planned streets and rows of cottages. It is
the site of a number of historic listed buildings including Brownlow
House and the former town hall.
Historically the town was known as a major centre for the production
of textiles (mainly linen) after the industrial revolution and it
continued to be a major producer of textiles until that industry
steadily declined in the 1990s and 2000s. The development of the 'new
Craigavon had a major impact on
Lurgan in the 1960s when much
industry was attracted to the area. The expansion of Craigavon's
Rushmere Retail Park in the 2000s has affected the town's retail trade
Lurgan was also founded by the Goldhancock-bergs in the late 1800s
however due to a lot of scrutiny from the village folk from them
hoarding all the taxes and charging them for bags of oxygen they
decided to rename themselves the hancocks still a name that last in
the lurgan village
1.1 An Gorta Mór/The Great Hunger
1.2 New city
1.3 The Troubles
6 Culture and community
6.1 Cultural references
6.2 Community facilities
7.1 Religious sites
8.1 Primary education
8.2 Post-primary education
Special needs education
9 Sport and leisure
10 Railway links
11 Road transport and public services
13 Notable people
13.1 Living people
13.2 Deceased people
14 See also
16 External links
16.1 Other links
Birds-eye view of
Lurgan in the early 20th century
Edward Street, Lurgan, in the early 20th century
Lurgan is an anglicisation of the Irish name An Lorgain. This
literally means "the shin", but in placenames means a shin-shaped hill
or ridge (i.e. one that is long, low and narrow). Earlier names of
Lurgan include Lorgain Chlann Bhreasail (anglicised Lurganclanbrassil,
meaning "shin-shaped hill of Clanbrassil") and Lorgain Bhaile Mhic
Cana (anglicised Lurganvallivackan, meaning "shin-shaped hill of
McCann's settlement"). The McCanns were a sept of the O'Neills and
Lords of Clanbrassil before the
Plantation of Ulster
Plantation of Ulster period in the
early 17th century.
About 1610, during the Plantation and at a time when the area was
sparsely populated by Irish Gaels, the lands of
Lurgan were granted
to the English lord William Brownlow and his family. Initially the
Brownlow family settled near the lough at Annaloist, but by 1619, on a
nearby ridge, they had established a castle and bawn for their own
accommodation, and "a fair Town, consisting of 42 Houses, all of which
are inhabited with English Families, and the streets all paved clean
through also to water Mills, and a Wind Mill, all for corn."
Brownlow became MP for
Armagh in the Irish Parliament in 1639. During
the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Brownlow's castle and bawn were
destroyed, and he and his wife and family were taken prisoner and
Armagh and then to
Dungannon in County Tyrone. The land
was then passed to the McCanns and the O'Hanlons. In 1642, Brownlow
and his family were released by the forces of Lord Conway, and as the
rebellion ended they returned to their estate in Lurgan. William
Brownlow died in 1660, but the family went on to contribute to the
development of the linen industry which peaked in the town in the late
An Gorta Mór/The Great Hunger
A workhouse was built in
Lurgan and opened in 1841 under the
stipulations of the
Poor Law which stated that each
Poor Law Union
would build a workhouse to give relief to the increasing numbers of
destitute poor. In 1821 the population of
Lurgan was 2,715, this
increased to 4,677 by 1841. There were a couple of reasons for this
large growth in population. Firstly the opportunities provided by the
booming linen industry led many to abandon their meagre living in
rural areas and migrate to
Lurgan in the hope of gaining employment.
Secondly the ever-expanding town gave tradesmen the opportunity to
secure work in the construction of new buildings such as Brownlow
The large numbers of poor workers migrating to the town inevitably
resulted in over-crowding and a very low standard of living. When the
potato crop failed for a second time in 1846 the resulting starvation
led to a quickly overcrowded workhouse which by the end of 1846
exceeded its 800 capacity. In an attempt to alleviate the problem a
relief committee was established in
Lurgan as they were in other
towns. The relief committees raised money by subscription from local
landowners, gentry and members of the clergy and were matched by funds
from Dublin. With these monies food was bought and distributed to the
ever-increasing numbers of starving people at soup kitchens. In an
attempt to provide employment and thereby give the destitute the means
to buy food, Lord
Lurgan devised a scheme of land- drainage on his
The so-called 'famine roads' were not built in
Lurgan to the same
extent as the rest of Ireland, although land owners also provided
outdoor relief by employing labourers to lower hills and repair
existing road. During the period 1846 to 1849 the famine claimed 2,933
lives in the
Lurgan Union alone. The
Lurgan workhouse was situated in
the grounds of what is now
Lurgan Hospital and a commemorative mural
can be seen along the adjacent
Lurgan's main street in 1960
The town grew steadily over the centuries as an industrial market
town, and in the 1960s, when the UK government was developing a
programme of new towns in Great Britain to deal with population
Northern Ireland government also planned a new town to
deal with the projected growth of
Belfast and to prevent an undue
concentration of population in the city.
Craigavon (a name unpopular
with the Nationalist community) was designated as a new town in 1965,
intended to be a linear city incorporating the neighbouring towns of
Lurgan and Portadown. The plan largely failed, and today,
'Craigavon' locally refers to the rump of the residential area between
the two towns. The
Craigavon development, however, did affect
Lurgan in a number of ways. The sort of dedicated bicycle and
pedestrian paths that were built in
Craigavon were also incorporated
into newer housing areas in Lurgan, additional land in and around the
town was zoned for industrial development, neighbouring rural
settlements such as
Aghagallon were developed as
housing areas, and there was an increase in the town's population,
although not on the scale that had been forecast.
The textile industry remained a main employer in the town until the
late twentieth century, with the advent of access to cheaper labour in
the developing world leading to a decline in the manufacture of
clothing in Lurgan.
The Troubles in Lurgan
Lurgan and the associated towns of
Craigavon made up
part of what was known as the "murder triangle"; an area known for a
significant number of incidents and fatalities during The
Troubles. Today the town is one of the few areas in Northern
Ireland where so-called dissident republicans have a significant level
of support. The legacy of the Troubles is continued tension
between Roman Catholics and Protestants, which has occasionally
erupted into violence at flashpoint 'interface areas'.
Lurgan sits in a relatively flat part of Ireland by the south east
shore of Lough Neagh. The two main formations in north
Armagh are an
area of estuarine clays by the shore of the lough, and a mass of
basalt farther back. The earliest human settlements in the area were
to the northwest of the present day town near the shore of the lough.
When the land was handed to the Brownlow family, they initially
settled near the lough at Annaloist, but later settled where the town
was eventually built. The oldest part of the town, the main street,
is built on a long ridge in the townland (baile fearainn) of Lurgan. A
neighbouring hill is the site of Brownlow House, which overlooks
Like the rest of Ireland, the
Lurgan area has long been divided into
townlands, whose names mostly come from the Irish language. Lurgan
sprang up in the townland of the same name. Over time, the surrounding
townlands have been built upon and they have given their names to many
roads and housing estates. The following is a list of townlands within
Lurgan's urban area, alongside their likely
Aghnacloy (from Irish Achadh na Cloiche, meaning 'field of the stone')
Ballyblagh (from Baile Bláthach meaning "flowery townland")
Ballyreagh (from Baile Riach meaning "greyish townland")
Demesne (an English name – this townland was carved out of Drumnamoe
Derry (from Doire meaning "oak grove")
Dougher or Doughcorran (from Dúchorr meaning "black round hill" and
Dúchorrán meaning "small black round hill")
Drumnamoe (from Druim na mBó meaning "ridge of the cows" or Druim na
Mothar meaning "ridge of the thickets")
Knocknashane (formerly Knocknashangan, from Cnoc na Seangán meaning
"hill of the ants")
Shankill (from Seanchill meaning "old church" or Seanchoill meaning
Taghnevan (formerly Tegnevan, from Teach Naomháin meaning "Naomhán's
Tannaghmore North & Tannaghmore South (from an Tamhnach Mór
meaning "the big grassland")
Toberhewny (from Tobar hAoine/Tobar Chainnigh/Tobar Shuibhne meaning
"Friday well/Canice's well/Sweeny's well")
Aghacommon (from Achadh Camán meaning "hurling field")
Ballynamony (from Baile na Móna meaning "townland of the bog")
Silverwood (an English name – formerly called Killinargit, from
Coill an Airgid meaning "wood of the silver")
Lurgan has a temperate climate in common with inland areas in Ireland.
Summer temperatures can reach the 20s °C and it is rare for them to
go higher than 30 °C (86 °F). The consistently humid
climate that prevails over Ireland can make temperatures feel
uncomfortable when they stray into the high 20s °C
(80–85 °F), more so than similar temperatures in hotter
climates in the rest of Europe.
Climate data for Lurgan
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Lurgan Town Hall in Union Street. Built in 1868 and now owned by
Craigavon Borough Council
Lurgan is part of the Upper Bann constituency for the purpose of
elections to the
UK Parliament at Westminster. This has long been a
safe unionist seat and the current MP is David Simpson of the
Democratic Unionist Party.
Members of the
Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont are elected from
six-member constituencies using proportional representation and using
the same constituencies as for Westminster.
Lurgan town commissioners were first elected in 1855, and they
were replaced by
Lurgan Urban District Council following the Local
Government (Ireland) Act 1898. This effectively ended landlord control
of local government in Ireland. The town council was
abolished when local government was reformed in
Northern Ireland in
1973 under the Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland)
1971 and the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. These
abolished the two-tier system of town and county councils replacing it
with the single-tier system.
Lurgan was placed under the jurisdiction
Craigavon Borough Council, and remained so until a new act
streamlined and merged the various districts in 2015. Today Lurgan
forms part of the new Armagh,
Craigavon District. The
Lurgan area contains the following wards: Church, Donaghcloney,
Knocknashane, Magheralin, Mourneview, Parklake, and Waringstown.
Lurgan Town Hall is owned by the new District Council but has not been
used to conduct Council business since the Town Council was abolished
For census purposes,
Lurgan is not treated as a separate entity by the
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Instead, it
is combined with Craigavon,
Bleary to form the
Craigavon Urban Area". A fairly accurate population count can be
found by combining the data of the electoral wards that make up the
Lurgan urban area. These are Church, Court, Drumnamoe,
Knocknashane, Mourneview, Parklake, Taghnevan and
On the day of the last census (27 March 2011) the combined population
of these wards was 25,093
Of this population:
15,607(62.2%) were Nationalist (Catholic or from a Catholic
8,460(33.7%) were Unionist (Protestant or from a Protestant
1,026(4.1%) were of other ethno-religious backgrounds or no religious
The town is divided along ethnic/political/sectarian lines with entire
housing areas being almost exclusively Nationalist/Catholic/Irish or
almost exclusively Unionist/Protestant/British settler. The north
end of the town centre is considered Nationalist/Catholic, the south
end is considered Unionist/Protestant, with the "invisible dividing
line" crossing Market Street at Castle Lane and Carnegie Street.
In the 1980s there were two Unionist/Protestant enclaves in the north
end of the town, Gilpinstown and Wakehurst. They have both since
changed to become Nationalist/Catholic areas as Unionists/Protestants
gradually moved out.
There was a Synagogue at 49 North Street for the
Congregation, founded prior to 1906 by Joseph Herbert (originally
Herzberg) from Tukums in Latvia, but this closed in the 1920s around
the time of the founder's death.
Lurgan has historically been an industrial town in which the linen
industry predominated as a source of employment during the Industrial
Revolution, and is said to have employed as many as 18,000 handloom
weavers at the end of the 19th century, a figure significantly higher
than the town's resident population at the time. That particular
branch of the textile industry declined as consumer tastes changed,
but other textiles continued to be produced in the town providing a
major source of employment until the 1990s and 2000s when the
textile industry across the UK suffered a major decline as a result of
outsourcing to low wage countries.
The large Goodyear fan-belt factory at Silverwood Industrial Estate
was a product of the
Craigavon development when large tracts of land
in Lurgan, Portadown, and areas in between were zoned off for
exclusive industrial use. The Goodyear factory closed in 1983 after
failing to make a profit, resulting in the loss of 750 jobs. The
facility was later partly occupied by Wilson Double Deck Trailers and
DDL Electronics. Silverwood Industrial Estate continues to host other
manufacturing and light engineering firms. Other industrial areas in
the town are Annesborough and Halfpenny Valley (
industrial estates; areas in which growth has been limited compared to
other industrial estates in the
A key component of the
Craigavon development was a central business
district halfway between
Portadown that would serve as the
city centre for the whole of the new city. What was built was an
office building, a court house, a civic building, and a small shopping
centre alongside several acres of parkland that were developed around
the newly created balancing lakes that also serve as part of the
area's drainage system. In the 1990s, the shopping centre was
significantly expanded to form what is now Rushmere Retail Park,
containing many major retail stores. This has had a detrimental effect
on the retail trade in
Lurgan in the same way that out-of-town
shopping developments in other parts of
Northern Ireland have damaged
other traditional town centres. The town's Chamber of Commerce is
not functioning and has remained dormant despite numerous attempts to
Culture and community
There is a figure of speech used in Ireland – to have a face as long
Lurgan spade – meaning "to look miserable". The origins of
this expression are disputed. One theory is that a "
Lurgan spade" was
an under-paid workman digging what is now the
Lurgan Park lake.
Another theory is that it could be from the
Irish language lorga spád
meaning the shaft (literally "shin") of a spade.
Master McGrath concerns a greyhound of that name from
Lurgan which became an Irish sporting hero. The dog was bought in
Lurgan by the Brownlow family, and the song also mentions his owner
Charles Brownlow, referred to in the lyrics as Lord Lurgan. Master
McGrath won the
Waterloo Cup hare coursing competition three times in
1868, 1870 and 1871 at a time when this was a high-profile sport. A
post mortem found that he had a heart twice the size of what is normal
for a dog of his size. He is remembered all over the town,
including in its coat of arms. The dog was named McGrath after the
kennel boy responsible for its care. A statue of him was unveiled at
Craigavon Civic Centre in 1993, over 120 years after his last glory in
1871. The statue was relocated to
Lurgan town centre in 2013. A
festival is also held yearly in his honour. A
Lurgan pub was also
named after Master McGrath, although it has been renamed in recent
The town is a frequent recipient of derision by the BBC Northern
Ireland comedy panel show The Blame Game.
Oxford Island is a nature reserve on the shore of
Lough Neagh that
includes Kinnego Marina and the
Lough Neagh Discovery Center, which is
an interpretive visitor centre offering information about the
surrounding wildlife, conference facilities, and a café.
Lurgan Park, a few hundred yards from the main street, is the largest
urban park in Northern Ireland and the second-largest in Ireland
after Phoenix Park, Dublin. It used to be part of the estate of
Brownlow House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor house. In
1893, the land was purchased by
Lurgan Borough Council and opened as a
public park in 1909 by Earl Aberdeen, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
It includes a sizeable artificial lake and an original Coalbrookdale
fountain. Today the park is home to annual summer events such as the
Lurgan Agricultural Show, and the
Lurgan Park Rally, noted as the
largest annual motor sport event in
Northern Ireland and a stage in
Circuit of Ireland rally. Mount Zion House in Edward St, formerly
the St Joseph's Convent, is now a cross-community centre run by the
Lurgan Community Association/Community Projects. It is funded
by the Department for Social Development, the EU
Special Programme for
Peace and Reconciliation, and the Physical and Social Environment
Lurgan Park, formerly part of the Brownlows' estate, and now a public
The former Johnson & Allen linen factory on Victoria Street, built
in 1888 and now used as multiple small industrial and retail units
Lurgan town centre is distinctive for its wide main street, Market
Street, one of the widest in Ireland, which is dominated at one end by
Shankill (Anglican) Church in Church Place. A grey granite hexagonal
temple-shaped war memorial sits at the entrance to Church Place,
topped by a bronze-winged statue representing the spirit of Victorious
Peace. A marble pillar at the centre displays the names of over 400
men from the town who lost their lives in the First World War.
The rows of buildings on either side of Market Street are punctuated
periodically by large access gates that lead to the space behind the
buildings, gates that are wide enough to drive a horse and cart
through. The town's straight planned streets are a common feature in
many Plantation towns, and its industrial history is still evident in
the presence of many former linen mills that have since been modified
for modern use.
At the junction of Market Street and Union Street is the former Lurgan
Town Hall, a listed building erected in 1868. It was the first site of
the town's library in 1891, was temporarily used as a police
station in 1972 when it was handed to the Police Authority, and is
today owned by the Mechanics' Institute and is available for
conferences and community functions.
Brownlow House, known locally as '
Lurgan Castle', is a distinctive
mansion built in 1833 with Scottish sandstone in an Elizabethan style
with a lantern-shaped tower and prominent array of chimney pots. It
was originally owned by the Brownlow family, and today is owned by the
Lurgan Loyal Orange District Lodge. A former lodge to the Brownlow
House estate became the Brownlow Arms Hotel on Market Street, run by
the McCaffrey family, which served as the US 5th Army's Officers' Mess
during WW2 but closed in the early 1960s. The adjacent
now a public park owned by
Craigavon Borough Council, used to be part
of the same estate. The park is the venue for the
"Shankill Cemetery" redirects here. For the cemetery in Belfast, see
St Peter's Catholic Church, North St. Built in 1832
The site of what is now Shankill cemetery served as a place of worship
over the centuries. It began in ancient times as a simple double ring
fort, the outline of which is still noticeable, and is today an
historic burial site holding the remains of people who lived in the
earliest days of the town's existence, including the Brownlow family.
Dougher cemetery is another old graveyard that was donated to the
Catholic people by the Brownlows following passage of the Catholic
The two most prominent modern places of worship are Shankill Parish
Church in Church Place and St Peter's Church in North Street, the
steeples of which are visible from far outside the town.
Shankill Parish Church belongs to the Anglican Church of Ireland. The
original church was established at Oxford Island on the shore of Lough
Neagh in 1411, but a new church was built in
Lurgan on the site of
what is now Shankill Cemetery in 1609 as the town became the main
centre of settlement in the area. It was eventually found to be
too small given the growth of the town, and the Irish Parliament
granted permission to build a replacement in 1725 one mile away on the
'Green of Lurgan', now known as Church Place, where it stands to this
day. It is believed to be the largest parish church in Ireland.
Following passage of the Catholic Relief Act, Charles Brownlow granted
a site to the Roman Catholic parish priest the Reverend William
O'Brien in 1829 for the construction of a church on Distillery Hill,
now known as lower North Street. It was there that work began in 1832
on what is now St Peter's Church. In 1966, another Catholic
church, St Paul's, was built at the junction of Francis Street and
Parkview Street. This was a radical departure from traditional church
architecture with its grey plaster finish, copper roof, slim spire,
hexagonal angles and modern design throughout. Many of its
architectural features such as the copper roof and gray plaster finish
are shared by the neighbouring St Paul's School. It was designed to
cope with the extra demand for worship space following the growth of
the surrounding Taghnevan and Shankill housing estates.
Lurgan Museum houses one of the largest collections of items
relating to Irish History in the North of Ireland. The Museum has many
photographs and artefacts connected with
Lurgan life over the past 150
years. It houses an extensive collection relating to the periods known
as "The Troubles", "Operation Harvest" 1956-62, and "The 1916 Easter
Rising". This collection also has a popular section covering the
social history of the area.
The first Methodist church was built in Nettleton's Court, Queen
Street in 1778. It was found to be too small and a new church was
built on High Street in 1802, and replaced by a newer building in
front of it in 1826. This was extensively renovated in 1910 and stands
to this day sporting a simple facade.
Lurgan Model Primary School
It was the late 19th century that saw the development of formal
Lurgan and a significant move away from the less
organised hedge schools of before.
Today, schools in
Lurgan operate under the Dickson Plan, a transfer
system in north
Armagh that allows pupils at age 11 the option of
11-plus exam to enter grammar schools, with pupils in
comprehensive junior high schools being sorted into grammar and
non-grammar streams. Pupils can get promoted to or demoted from the
grammar stream during their time in those schools depending on the
development of their academic performance, and at age 14 can take
subject-based exams across the syllabus to qualify for entry into a
dedicated grammar school to pursue GCSEs and A-levels.
As is common in Northern Ireland, most of the schools in
attended mainly by children from one or other of the two main
ethno-religious blocs, reflecting the existence of deep-seated ethnic,
sectarian and political divisions in society. Some schools are in the
Catholic 'maintained' sector, i.e. maintained by the Council for
Catholic Maintained Schools, and others are controlled directly by the
state. Directly-controlled state schools generally have a
predominantly Protestant intake.
At primary level, schools attended by the Unionist/Protestant
community are Carrick Primary School, Dickson Primary School, and
King's Park Primary School.
The Model School was part of the national schools programme proposed
in 1831 in which each county in Ireland would have at least one school
that would serve as an example to other national schools in the area
and as a teacher training establishment (although teacher training did
not take place at this particular school). Initially it had a
multi-denominational intake, offered such services as night classes
and industry-relevant vocational courses, and was enthusiastically
supported by William Brownlow who is thought to have brought the
school to the town. It was undermined, however, by church interests,
which were opposed to its lack of ecclesiastical control, and
criticism of the efficiency of its management, hence losing much of
its earlier prestige as the premier educational establishment in the
town. Over the years, the intake of Nationalist/Catholic students
steadily increased, due mainly to being situated in the Catholic area
of Lurgan. The student body is now almost 100% Catholic.[citation
Other Catholic primary schools are Carrick Primary School, Bunscoil
Naomh Proinsias, St. Francis' Primary School, St Teresa's Primary
School, St Anthony's Primary School, Tannaghmore Primary School, and
Tullygally Primary School.
At secondary level, schools attended by the Unionist-Protestant
Lurgan College, and
Lurgan Junior High School (formerly
Lurgan College of Further Education).
Lurgan College, now a co-ed 14–18 grammar school, was established in
1873 as an all-boys school to provide what was known as 'classical
education' as opposed to the more practical vocational education on
offer at the Model School. Its initial charter included a provision
that "no person being in Holy Orders, or a minister of any religious
denomination shall at any time interfere in the management of the said
school, or be appointed to serve as master" and that no religious
instruction was to take place during school hours.
Secondary schools attended by the Nationalist-Catholic community were
previously St Mary's Junior High School, St Paul's Junior High School,
and St Michael's Grammar School, which have emerged to become one
school spanning the 3 sites, St Ronan's College.
St Mary's Intermediate School was built on Kitchen Hill after land was
acquired from the
Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy in 1955 and was opened in 1959 as
an all-girls school. The nearby all-boys St Paul's Intermediate School
was opened in 1962, and both of these schools are now known as junior
high schools. Pupils attend these schools from age 11 to 13, at
which time they have the option of transferring to St Michael's if
they qualify. Those who do not qualify may stay on at St Paul's and St
Mary's until minimum school leaving age at 16 and where the option of
GCSE exams is available.
A significant number of people from
Lurgan also attend the Catholic
maintained Lismore Comprehensive School in Craigavon.
Lurgan Technical College was renamed
Lurgan College of Further
Education, and subsequently merged with
Portadown CFE and Banbridge
CFE into the larger Upper Bann Institute of Further and Higher
Education (UBIFHE). Further education in the region was consolidated
further when this institution was merged with other FE colleges in
Kilkeel to form the Southern Regional College. The
Lurgan campus is one of the few educational institutions in the area
with a mixed denominational intake. It offers vocational courses as an
alternative to A-Levels, and adult education services.
Special needs education
Ceara School provides education for pupils aged 3 through 19 who have
severe learning difficulties.
Sport and leisure
Lurgan has a municipal swimming pool and leisure complex called Waves.
This includes a swimming pool, squash courts, a gym, and offers such
activities as pilates, circuit training, and spinning classes.
Following a vote taken by
Craigavon Borough Council on 7 April 2010,
Waves is to be closed as will the Cascades Centre in Portadown, and
both facilities are to be replaced by a large central swimming
facility that will be built near the
Craigavon balancing lakes.
Lurgan has two 18-hole golf courses, an artificial ski slope
and an equestrian centre for show jumping.
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Lurgan has a large GAA presence in the area with
Gaelic football being
played by clubs
Clan na Gael CLG
Clan na Gael CLG (based at Páirc Mhic Daibhéid),
Clann Éireann GAC (Páirc Chlann Éireann), Éire Óg CLG (Pine Bank,
Craigavon), Sarsfields GAC (Páirc an tAth. Dhónaill Mhig Eoghain,
Derrytrasna), St Mary's GAC (Aghagallon), St Michael's GAC
(Magheralin), St Paul's GFC (Na Páirceanna Imeartha), St Peter's GAC
(Páirc Naomh Peadar) and
Wolfe Tone GAC, Derrymacash
Wolfe Tone GAC, Derrymacash (Páirc na
The town is also home to the
Association football clubs
Lurgan Celtic F.C., and
Lurgan Town F.C.. There are
another thirteen clubs that play in the Mid Ulster Football Leagues.
They are Derryhirk United, Hill Street,
Lurgan Institute, Taghnevan
Harps, Silverwood United, Tullygally,
Lurgan Thistle, Celtic Club (
Lurgan No. 1),
Oxford Sunnyside F.C.. Loughgrove and Sheffield Thursday F.C. play in
the Lonsdale league.
Glenavon is the most prominent of these, playing
in the IFA Premiership.
Cricket has two clubs,
Cricket Club and Victoria
Rugby union is played by
Tennis is played by
Tennis Club which is in
Lurgan Park. Lurgan
Golf Club is an 18-hole challenging parkland course bordering on
Lurgan railway station
Lurgan railway station opened by the
Ulster Railway on 18 November
1841, connecting the town to
Belfast Great Victoria Street in the east
Armagh in the west. The Great Northern Railway of
Ireland provided further access to the west of Ulster which was then
closed in the 1950s and 1960s from
Portadown railway station.
Lurgan railway station
Lurgan railway station is run by
Northern Ireland Railways
with direct trains to
Belfast Great Victoria Street and as part of the
Belfast railway line. The Enterprise runs through
Dublin Connolly to
Belfast Central, and a change of train may be
Portadown to travel to
Railway access at Sydenham links into George Best
Belfast City Airport
on the line to Bangor.
Road transport and public services
Lurgan is also situated by the M1 motorway connecting the town to
Belfast. Bus services, provided by Translink, arrive and depart on a
regular basis from bus stops on Market Street to Belfast, Portadown,
Armagh, Dungannon, and surrounding areas.
Electricity is supplied by
Northern Ireland Electricity which was
privatised in 1993 and is now a subsidiary of ESB Group. The
gasworks used to be in North St., but there is no longer any town gas
since it was abolished in
Northern Ireland in the 1980s by the
Thatcher government for being uneconomical, although it was
restored to the greater
Belfast area in 1996. Water is supplied by
Northern Ireland Water, a public owned utility.
Lurgan is served by two weekly local newspapers. The
published by Johnston Publishing (NI), reports news and sport from
around the local area. The
Portadown Examiner also reports
local news and sport with an emphasis on photographs of local people
at sporting and social events.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Northern Irish astrophysicist, discovered the
first radio pulsars.
Barry Douglas, classical pianist and conductor, has residences in
Paris and Lurgan.
Jim Harvey, Lurgan-born former professional footballer; former
assistant manager of the
Northern Ireland football team, has also
played for Glenavon, Arsenal and Tranmere Rovers.
Neil Lennon, manager of Hibernian, former manager of Glasgow Celtic
and former captain of the
Northern Ireland football team and Glasgow
Gayle Williamson, Miss
Northern Ireland 2002; and Miss United Kingdom
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Edward Costello, who took part in the
Easter Rising in April 1916,
received a fatal bullet wound to the head on 25 April and died in
Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin.
John Cushnie was a broadcaster and panellist on the
BBC radio 4
BBC radio 4 show
Gardeners' Question Time. He also presented the
BBCNI TV show The
Field Marshal Sir
John Greer Dill
John Greer Dill (25 December 1881 – 4 November
1944), a British commander in
World War I
World War I and World War II and later a
diplomat, was born in
Lurgan in 1881.
William Frederick McFadzean
William Frederick McFadzean (9 October 1895 – 1 July 1916), died
when he threw himself on a box of primed grenades prior to the Battle
of the Somme and was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Len Ganley MBE, a former world championship snooker referee, was a
resident of the town.
Billy Hanna (c. 1929 – 27 July 1975) founder and first commander of
the Ulster Volunteer Force's Mid-Ulster Brigade, was a native of
Lurgan. He was shot dead outside his home in the Mourneview estate by
members of his own organisation.
Sammy Jones (11 June 1911 – 1993), a former professional footballer
who made over 100 appearances for Blackpool and received one cap for
the Irish national team, was born in
Lurgan in 1911.
James Logan (20 October 1674 – 31 October 1751), was born in Lurgan.
He became an American colonial statesman and scholar, secretary to his
friend William Penn, and was noted as a jurist, political philosopher,
Richard McGhee (1851 –7 April 1930) was an Irish Protestant
Nationalist home rule politician. A
Land League and trade union
activist, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for more than 20
Rosemary Nelson (4 September 1958 – 15 March 1999) was a human
rights solicitor killed by a loyalist car bomb in 1999.
Martin O'Hagan, a journalist for The
Sunday World newspaper, was
murdered on 28 September 2001 in front of his wife near his own home
in the town.
George William Russell
George William Russell (10 April 1867 – 17 July 1935), who wrote
under the pseudonym Æ, was an
Anglo-Irish supporter of the
nationalist movement in Ireland. He was a critic, poet, painter,
mystical writer, and was at the centre of a group of followers of
Dublin for many years. He was born in William Street,
Philip Felix Smith (5 October 1825 – 16 January 1906) was born in
Lurgan and was a recipient of the Victoria Cross. His birth is
recorded in the parish of Shankill at St. Peter's RC Church.
Norman Uprichard (20 April 1928 – 31 January 2011) was a goalkeeper
who began his career playing
Gaelic Football with St. Peter's GAC. His
decision to sign for
Glenavon cost him a league medal under the GAA's
now-defunct 'Rule 27'. He was finally awarded his medal by St. Peter's
in 2004. He went on to play for Swindon Town,
Portsmouth and Southend
United at club level, and won 18 caps for
Northern Ireland at
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