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Coordinates: 54°09′32″N 6°27′29″W / 54.159°N 6.458°W / 54.159; -6.458 Lislea (pronounced /lɪsˈl/ lis-LAY, Irish derived place name, Lios Liath, translated as the 'Grey Ringfort')[1] is a small village and townland near Slieve Gullion in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is within the parish of Killevy, barony of Orior Upper and the Newry and Mourne District Council area. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 84 people.

It borders the townlands of Ballard, Carricnagalliagh, Aghmakane, Duburren and Drumilly. It should not be confused with the townland of Doctor's Quarter which is near Forkhill.[2]


A Drama Festival is held in Lislea community center each year.[3] It was founded in 1981 by Eugene Hannaway.

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

Places of interest[edit]

Ballykeel Dolmen, an ancient dolmen on the Ballykeel Road. The Callan Valley river also flows through the heart of Lislea and has some breath taking viewing points.

The Lislea community centre is still present and functioning. 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.


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