Atticall

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Coordinates: 54°06′32″N 6°02′38″W / 54.109°N 6.044°W / 54.109; -6.044

Attical from Aughrim Hill

Attical or Atticall (from Irish: Áit Tí Chathail, meaning "place of Cathal's house")[1][2] is a small village and townland in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 153 people. It lies within the Newry and Mourne District Council area.

The village has a Catholic maintained primary school, called Holy Cross, for 4–11 year olds.[3] There is also a Roman Catholic church, a shop and a Gaelic football club. The Cnocnafeola Cultural and Residential Centre offers accommodation for trekkers and visitors to the Mournes.[4]

Geography[edit]

At the end of the Ice age a deposit of stones is thought to have been left that runs through Atticall. This is known locally as the Stoney Rigg. The remains of this can be seen on Slieve Muck, and it is said to flow down to Green Castle.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ireland's newest breeding bird species, has recently been seen in Cnocnafeola Wood.

Sport[edit]

Atticall (Áit Tí Chathail) Gaelic Athletic Association club was founded in 1961 and plays at Holy Cross Park. It plays in Division 6 of the County Down league.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Placenames NI
  3. ^ "Holy Cross Primary School". School website. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cnocnafeola Cultural and Residential Centre". Irish Tourist.com. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Atticall Gaelic football club". Club website. Retrieved 24 February 2009.