Middletown, County Armagh

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Middletown
Scots: Middletoun[1] or Mïddletoon[2]
Irish: Coillidh Chanannáin
Middletown is located in Northern Ireland
Middletown
Middletown
 Middletown shown within Northern Ireland
Population 240 (2001)
Irish grid reference H753388
   – Belfast  50 miles 
District Armagh
County County Armagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARMAGH
Postcode district BT60
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Newry & Armagh
NI Assembly Newry & Armagh
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Armagh

Coordinates: 54°17′34″N 6°50′38″W / 54.29274°N 6.84388°W / 54.29274; -6.84388

Middletown is a small village and townland in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies two miles from Tynan and close to the border with County Monaghan. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 240 people. It is situated in the Armagh City and District Council area.

Geography[edit]

Middletown was built in the townland of Middletown, which was known throughout the 17th century under variants of Killecannagan (from Irish Coillidh Chanannáin, meaning "Canannán's wood"),[3] It is known for its picturesque countryside and its rolling green hills. The hills are made up of numerous drumlins which make up the countryside. At the bottom of the valleys that many of these drumlins form, glens can be found with many tributaries to the River Blackwater flowing through them. The River Cor flows through Middletown countryside and right by the village. It is the most prominent river in Middletown, with once a canal system operating on it namely the Ulster Canal.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Children from Middletown originally went to three different primary schools: St John's Boys School, St Louis Convent School for girls, and Glasdrummond Primary School (boys and girls). Due to low numbers in the mid-1990s, a new school was built on the site of St John's Boys School and was opened in June 1999, amalgamating all three primary schools.

Famous people[edit]

Eamon Donnelly, director of Elections for Sinn Fein for the 1918 landslide[4] and a founding member of Fianna Fail, was born in Middletown.

Sport[edit]

Middletown has a long history of Gaelic games and the local Gaelic Athletic Association club, Middletown GAA, plays hurling as Na Fianna, football as Eoghan Ruadh, and camogie as St John's.

Middletown was the birthplace of Irish-American boxer Joe Coburn who claimed the World Heavyweight Championship in 1862.

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