Acton, County Armagh

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Acton (Irish: An Chora Uachtarach) is a hamlet and townland in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, about a half mile north of Poyntzpass. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 203 people. It is situated within the Armagh City and District Council area.


The village was founded in the 17th century, during the Plantation of Ulster, by Sir Toby Poyntz. He was the son of Lieutenant Charles Poyntz, who, for his military services, obtained a 500 acres (2.0 km2) grant of land that had been confiscated from the O'Hanlons by the English. The Irish called the area An Chora Uachtarach, meaning "the upper weir".[1] There he built a bawn 100 feet (30 m) square, a house of brick and lime for himself, and 24 cottages for so many English settlers. He renamed the place Acton, after the Poyntz family home in Gloucestershire.[2] By 1837 it contained about 50 houses "indifferently built".

Census of Population 2011[edit]

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published the following figures in relation to Acton in the wake of the most recent Northern Ireland Census of Population, which was held on Sunday 27 March 2011:

  • Total number of inhabitants: 203
  • Roman Catholics: 49%
  • Protestants: 32%
  • No religion: 19%
  • Aged under 18: 16%
  • Aged 18–75: 80%
  • Aged over 75: 4%
  • Female: 60%
  • Male: 40%
  • Unemployed: 23%

NIRA classifies Acton as a hamlet (very small village).


  1. ^ Place-Names NI
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland

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Coordinates: 54°31′N 6°38′W / 54.517°N 6.633°W / 54.517; -6.633