Magheralin (from Irish Machaire Lainne, meaning "plain of the pool") is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the main Moira to Lurgan road, beside the River Lagan. It had a population of 1,144 people in the 2001 Census. It is within the Craigavon Borough Council area. The civil parish of Magheralin covers areas of County Armagh as well as County Down.
The parish church was built in medieval times and its remains form part of the ruined church in the old village graveyard. The post-medieval settlement appears to have developed along the main road and near to the parish church, with an industrial focus to the south, beside the river. The village is grouped around the junction of a number of roads, and has an attractive parish church and several fine planters' houses, such as Blacklion and Drumcro by Newforge Bridge over the River Lagan. There are two village churches date back to the 1840s and display fine architecture and stained glass.
There is an old song called "The Ducks of Magheralin". In preface to a well known version by the Glenfolk Four, a singer insists that the intent of the song is to address the myth that the capital of Ireland is Dublin. The first verse is as follows:
- It is just about a year ago that I went to see the King,
- And on my voyage in Ulster my troubles they were twin;
- He decorated me with medals, and they were made of tin,
- "Go home," says he, "you skitter ye. You're the Mayor of Magheralin."
- 18 October 1989 - Robert Metcalfe (40), a Protestant Civilian was shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) while at his home in Drumnabreeze Road, Magheralin.
- 5 January 1991 - Jervis Lynch (26), A Catholic Civilian, was shot and killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) while at his home in Acres Road, Magheralin.
Lt Col Peter Brush Robert William Radclyffe Dolling (1851–1902), Anglican divine, known as Father Dolling, was born at Magheralin. John Macoun (1831–1920) was a Canadian naturalist born in Magheralin to James Macoun and Anne Jane Nevin, who emigrated to Canada in 1850. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh (born Michael Mc Inerney) (1950 to date) was born close to the banks of the Lagan River. His parents were Stephen McInerney and Mary Rose McIlduff (both deceased). He currently lectures in the Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin.
Magheralin is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,144 people living in Magheralin. Of these:
- 23.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.7% were aged 60 and over
- 47.4% of the population were male and 52.6% were female
- 29.6% were from a Catholic background and 66.8% were from a Protestant background
- 2.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- List of civil parishes of County Down
- List of civil parishes of County Armagh
- List of villages in Northern Ireland