Maydown

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Maydown
Maydown is located in Northern Ireland
Maydown
Maydown
Maydown shown within Northern Ireland
Population 578 (2001 Census)
District
County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT
Dialling code 028
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UK
Northern Ireland
County Londonderry
55°01′23″N 7°14′38″W / 55.023°N 7.244°W / 55.023; -7.244Coordinates: 55°01′23″N 7°14′38″W / 55.023°N 7.244°W / 55.023; -7.244

Maydown (from Irish: Magh Dúin meaning "plain of the stronghold")[1] is a small village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is near Derry and Strathfoyle and is within the Derry and Strabane district. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 270 people.

Industry[edit]

DuPont plant

Maydown is an industrial zone and was the site of the first DuPont production facility in Europe. DuPont first invented Kevlar in 1965 and its Maydown manufacturing facility is one of only three places in the world where Kevlar is produced.

The DuPont site at Maydown is now the lead partner in the University of Ulster's Biodiversity Action on Industrial Site (BAIS) project that aims to enhance biodiversity on land close to industrial activity. DuPont has developed 116 acres (0.47 km2) of its Maydown site into wildlife habitats open to the public and a visitor centre used by local schools.

Maydown Precision Engineering was established in 1985.

Places of interest[edit]

It was also the site of Royal Air Force Station Maydown, USAAF airfield and later transferred to the Royal Navy as Royal Naval Air Station airfield, RNAS Maydown, during World War II.

Sport[edit]

Maydown F.C. is the local soccer team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames NI