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St Patrick's Church, Loughgilly

Loughgilly (/lɒxˈɡɪli/ lokh-GIL-ee; from Irish: Loch Gile[1] or Loch Goilí)[2] is a small village, townland and civil parish in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is on the main Armagh to Newry road, about halfway between the two. It is within the Armagh City and District Council area. It had a population of 84 people (42 households) in the 2011 Census.[3] (2001 census: 69 people)


During the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Markethill and its district did not escape the havoc. Irish commander Féilim Ó Néill, on his march from Newry to Armagh in 1641, ordered Mulmory MacDonell "... to kill all the English and Scots within the parishes of Mullebrack, Logilly and Kilcluney".[citation needed] Among properties destroyed were the Parish Churches of Mullaghbrack and Kilcluney, Achesons Castle at Markethill and Hamilton's bawn at Hamiltonsbawn. The rectors of Mullaghbrack (Reverend Mercer) and Loughgilly (Reverend Burns) both lost their lives.[citation needed]

The Loughgilly Together residents group was formed in October 1942 by people worried about deterioration of facilities and the appearance of the area. Today it runs a park and children's play area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames NI
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ "Loughgilly". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 

Coordinates: 54°16′50″N 6°28′49″W / 54.28056°N 6.48028°W / 54.28056; -6.48028