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Coordinates: 54°09′32″N 6°27′29″W / 54.159°N 6.458°W / 54.159; -6.458


Lios Liath
Village / Townland
Lislea Chapel
Lislea Chapel
Coordinates: 54°09′32″N 6°27′29″W / 54.159°N 6.458°W / 54.159; -6.458

Lislea (/lɪsˈl/ liss-LAY, from Irish: Lios Liath, meaning "Grey Ringfort")[1] is a small village and townland near Slieve Gullion in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is within the civil parish of Killevy[2] and the historic barony of Orior Upper. Today it is within the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. It borders the townlands of Ballard, Carricnagalliagh, Aghmakane, Duburren and Drumilly. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 84 people.

Places of interest[edit]

At the centre of the village is the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart.[3]

Ballykeel Dolmen, an ancient dolmen on the Ballykeel Road outside the village.

The Callan Valley river also flows through the heart of Lislea and has some breath taking viewing points.

There is also the premises of the former Lislea School and Post Office, as well as the site of the former Lislea linen mill which was built by Thomas Wynne.


A Drama Festival is held in the Old School House Theatre each year.[4] It was founded in 1981 by Eugene Hannaway and has been held every year since. The Lislea Dramatic Players have won awards at many competitions.

Every two years, Lislea hosts a three-week concert called the Townland Concerts. Every concert is hosted by a specific townland/s. The townlands are grouped as so: (1) Clarkhill, Levelamore, Carricknagallian, Doctor's Quarters and Longfield. (2) the Townland of Lislea (3) Anacloughmullion


The Scottish folk singer Eric Bogle wrote a song about a soldier named Willie McBride who was killed in the First World War. A soldier of this name was born in Lislea between Keady and Armagh City BT35 3AF. (Often mistaken as Lislea between Newry and Crossmaglen BT35 9UD.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Killevy Civil Parish". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Church of the Sacred Heart". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ [1]