Whitecross, County Armagh

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Coordinates: 54°13′24″N 6°29′14″W / 54.22332°N 6.4872°W / 54.22332; -6.4872

Whitecross
Irish: Corr Leacht[1]
Kingsmills Road at Whitecross - geograph.org.uk - 1528182.jpg
Whitecross is located in Northern Ireland
Whitecross
Whitecross
 Whitecross shown within Northern Ireland
Population 285 (2001)
Irish grid reference H987315
District Newry & Mourne
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
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Whitecross is a small village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies within the civil parish of Ballymyre and the townland of Corlat (from Irish: Corr Leacht, meaning "round hill of the monument").[2] In the 2001 Census it had a population of 285.

It has one public house, which was built in the 1970s on the site of the old police barracks. The original public house stood a few hundred yards away, at the bottom of the Ballymoyer Road. The old creamery was held in high regard and was once noted for producing fine butter and cheese for rich Irish households. It was also one of the earliest co-operatives in the country. The townland of Corlat is one of eight townlands given to the Maor family as reward for keeping the famous Book of Armagh (the name Maor meaning "steward" or "keeper" in Irish). This famous book is now held at Trinity College, Dublin.

The most notable incident in Whitecross during The Troubles was the shooting dead of three brothers on 4 January 1976.

Schools[edit]

  • Kingsmills Primary School
  • St. Malachy's Primary School
  • St. Teresa's Primary School

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