Tandragee

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Tandragee
Irish: Tóin re Gaoith
Tandragee - geograph - 1792274.jpg
Tandragee from the south, March 2010, showing Tandragee Castle (top left), St Mark's Church of Ireland (top middle) and St James's Roman Catholic Church (top right)
Tandragee is located in Northern Ireland
Tandragee
 Tandragee shown within Northern Ireland
Population 3,050 (2001)
Irish grid reference J030462
   – Belfast 25 mi (40 km)  
District Armagh
County County Armagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CRAIGAVON
Postcode district BT62
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Newry & Armagh
NI Assembly Newry & Armagh
Website TandrageeOnline
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Armagh

Coordinates: 54°21′15″N 6°24′55″W / 54.3543°N 6.4154°W / 54.3543; -6.4154

Tandragee (from Irish: Tóin re Gaoith, meaning "backside to the wind")[1][2] is a village on the Cusher River in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 3,050 at the 2001 Census.

Overlooking the village is Tandragee Castle. Originally the seat of the Ó hAnluain sept, it was taken over by the English during the Plantation of Ulster and rebuilt in about 1837 by George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester. Today, its grounds are home to the Tayto potato-crisp factory.

Northern Ireland Electricity has an interconnector to County Louth in the Republic of Ireland from the outskirts of the town.[3]

Earlier spellings of the town's name include Tanderagee and Tonregee. They come from Tóin re Gaoith, which refers to the hillside on which the village is built.

Education[edit]

  • Tandragee Primary School
  • Tandragee Junior High School
  • Tandragee Nursery
  • Button Moon Play Group

Sport[edit]

Tandragee Rovers play in the Mid-Ulster Football League.

There is a golf course within the grounds of Tandragee Castle, within walking distance of the main street. It is 5,589 metres, par 71, and a hilly parkland course.

Tandragee is also home to the Tandragee 100, a motorcycle road racing event held each year on country roads near the town.

Industry[edit]

Thomas Sinton opened a mill in town in the 1880s, an expansion of his firm from its original premises at nearby Laurelvale - a model village which he built. Sintons' mill, at the banks of the River Cusher, remained in production until the 1990s.[4]

The potato-crisp company Tayto has a factory and offices beside Tandragee Castle. It offers guided tours.

Transport[edit]

St Mark's Church overlooking part of Tanderagee

Tanderagee railway station opened on 6 January 1852 and was shut on 4 January 1965.[5]

The site of the old Tanderagee railway station

There is an airstrip for landing and taking off of small aircraft near the old porridge factory.

2001 Census[edit]

Tandragee is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2,050 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 3,050 people living in Tandragee. Of these:

  • 24.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.0% of the population were male and 50.0% were female
  • 10.5% were from a Roman Catholic background and 86.9% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Tandragee District L.O.L. No.4
  3. ^ Eirgrid-SONI Transmission System Map, October 2007
  4. ^ Tandragee to get mill back in action, The Belfast Telegraph
  5. ^ "Tandragee station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 

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