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Magheralin Parish Church
Magheralin is located in County Down
Location within County Down
Population(2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
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54°28′N 6°16′W / 54.467°N 6.267°W / 54.467; -6.267Coordinates: 54°28′N 6°16′W / 54.467°N 6.267°W / 54.467; -6.267
Magheralin at night. Photo: George Malcolm
Magheralin Parish Church, The Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Photo: George Malcolm

Magheralin (from Irish: Machaire Lainne, meaning "plain of the church")[2] is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the main Moira to Lurgan road, beside the River Lagan. It had a population of 1,144 people in the 2001 Census. The civil parish of Magheralin covers areas of counties Armagh and Down.[3]

Its original name was Lann Rónáin Fhinn, "church of Ronan Finn", a saint from the famous tale Buile Shuibhne (The Madness of Sweeney).[2] The parish church was built in medieval times and its remains form part of the ruined church in the old village graveyard. The post-medieval settlement appears to have developed along the main road and near to the parish church, with an industrial focus to the south, beside the river. The village is grouped around the junction of a number of roads, and has an attractive parish church and several fine planters' houses, such as Blacklion and Drumcro by Newforge Bridge over the River Lagan. There are two village churches dating back to the 1840s and displaying fine architecture and stained glass.


There is an old song called "The Ducks of Magheralin". In preface to a well known version by the Glenfolk Four, a singer insists that the intent of the song is to address the myth that the capital of Ireland is Dublin. The first verse is as follows:

It is just about a year ago that I went to see the King,
And on my voyage in Ulster my troubles they were twin;
He decorated me with medals, and they were made of tin,
"Go home," says he, "you skitter ye. You're the Mayor of Magheralin."

The Troubles[edit]






  • St. Michaels GAC
  • Magheralin Village Football Club

2001 Census[edit]

Magheralin is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,144 people living in Magheralin. Of these:

  • 23.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.7% were aged 60 and over
  • 47.4% of the population were male and 52.6% were female
  • 29.6% were from a Catholic background and 66.8% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ a b Place Names NI
  3. ^ "Parishes of Northern Ireland". Public Record Office of NI. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ "The Life of Father Dolling" Osborne, C.E p 335: London, Edward Arnold, 1903

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