Blackwatertown

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Blackwatertown
Irish: an Port Mór
Coordinates: 54°24′47″N 6°42′00″W / 54.413°N 6.700°W / 54.413; -6.700Coordinates: 54°24′47″N 6°42′00″W / 54.413°N 6.700°W / 54.413; -6.700

Blackwatertown, sometimes referred to as Blackwaterstown, is a small village in the townland of Lisbofin, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It sits on the River Blackwater, close to the border with County Tyrone. It had a population of 635 people in the 2011 Census. It is within the Armagh City and District Council area.

Blackwatertown was one of the first places in Northern Ireland to erect street signs in the Irish language in 1980. The village recently had signs erected at the entrances indicating its name; previously signs were erected by local individuals indicating its name in the Irish language.

The River Blackwater enters Lough Neagh west of Derrywarragh Island and is navigable from Maghery to Blackwatertown.[1]

Education[edit]

Blackwatertown had three schools: Blackwatertown Boys' Primary School and Blackwatertown Girls' Primary School, both of which were managed by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools; and Blackwatertown Primary School, managed by Blackwatertown Methodist Church and attended by pupils of several denominations. As the non-Roman Catholic population dwindled Blackwatertown Primary School ceased to be viable and closed. The other two schools amalgamated and formed a new school known as St Jarlath's Primary School.[citation needed]

Sport[edit]

The local GAA club, Port Mór, plays at Junior level in county competitions.[2]

The local Boxing Club is St Jarlaths ABC.

The Troubles[edit]

On February 29th 1976, the local Catholic Church, St. Jarlath's Clonfeacle, was blown up during Sunday Mass by a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb. The explosion badly injured several parishioners.[citation needed]

Census 2011[edit]

Blackwatertown was classified as a "small village" by the NISRA, with a population of 635, of which:

  • 19.7% were aged 18 or younger
  • 7.2% were 60 or older
  • 59.0% were male
  • 41.0% were female
  • 94.9% were from a Catholic background
  • 6.1% were from a Protestant background

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navigating the River Blackwater". Culture Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ Armagh GAA website