Burren, County Down

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Irish: an Bhoirinn
The Burren
Burren is located in Northern Ireland
 Burren shown within Northern Ireland
District Newry and Mourne
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT34
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament South Down
NI Assembly South Down
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°07′55″N 6°15′50″W / 54.132°N 6.264°W / 54.132; -6.264

Burren (from Irish: an Bhoirinn, meaning "the rocky district")[1] is a small village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is near Newry and Warrenpoint.

Places of interest[edit]

Burren Heritage Centre is a converted national school at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, telling the story of the area.

In the year 1927, Tamnaharry Park became a convent when the (Irish) Dominican Sisters of South Africa purchased the property. The new Convent Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption was dedicated, and its high altar consecrated, by Bishop Mulhern on May 24, 1939. Dr P. Clery, O.P., Dean of Dublin, preached the dedication sermon. By 1945, the Sisters had acquired a new novitiate in County Kildare and were succeeded in Tamnaharry by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition. The house remained in religious hands until 1969, when the Morton Family of Banbridge bought it.

Famous residents[edit]

James Larkin the trade union organiser and socialist activist was once resident here. The 1960s civil rights activist Conn McCluskey was from the area, and was buried there in 2013.

The UTV Live and U105 presenter Frank Mitchell was born and raised in Burren.

South Down MLA P. J. Bradley lives in Burren.

Paddy O'Rourke and James McCartan, Junior the Armagh and Down inter-county football managers are both from Burren. Gary Walsh won an All-Ireland with Donegal in 1992 and Brendan McKernan (and countless others) with Down in 1991. Kevin McKernan Anton McArdle, Declan Rooney, Daniel McCartan, Eoin McCartan, Gerard McCartan and Donal O'Hare are all current members of the Down team.

Education and sport[edit]

Carrick Primary School and Contifleece Primary School are both situated in the village, Carrick has 417 pupils and Contifleece (a rural school) only has 48.

Gaelic football is a popular sport in Burren and the local team enjoyed considerable success at national level during the 1980s winning the All-Ireland club football title on two occasions—1986 and 1988 as well as winning five Ulster club titles and 2 Ulster Under-21. Burren are the most successful Down club. They enjoyed goods run in Ulster in 2010 and 2011, reaching the final in 2011 losing to a strong Crossmaglen team


  1. ^ Placenames NI