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Coordinates: 54°17′20″N 5°50′06″W / 54.289°N 5.835°W / 54.289; -5.835

Clough, October 2009

Clough (/ˈklɒk/ KLOK; from Irish: an Chloch, meaning 'the stone') is a village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It sits about 3 miles from Dundrum on the A2 between Newcastle and Belfast. The A2 continues via Downpatrick and the coast via Strangford and the Portaferry - Strangford Ferry to Portaferry to Belfast, whilst most road traffic heads along from Clough along the A24 via Carryduff to Belfast. It had a population of 255 people in the 2001 Census. Clough is situated within the Newry, Mourne and Down area.

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Clough Castle


A map of 1634 marked the village as Machaeracate and the castle is Cloch Mhachaire Cat "Stone castle of the plain of the cat". This comes from a local legend of the chase of magic cat.[1]


  1. ^ Muhr, Kay (2005). "An Elizabethan map of north-east Down". Lecale Review. 3: 11.

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