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The Square, Tandragee (2009)
Tandragee is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population3,486 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceJ030462
• Belfast25 mi (40 km)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT62
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°21′22″N 6°24′54″W / 54.356°N 6.415°W / 54.356; -6.415Coordinates: 54°21′22″N 6°24′54″W / 54.356°N 6.415°W / 54.356; -6.415

Tandragee (from Irish: Tóin re Gaoith, meaning "backside to the wind")[1][2] is a village on the Cusher River in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the civil parish of Ballymore and the historic barony of Orior Lower.[3] It had a population of 3,486 people in the 2011 Census.[4]

Overlooking the village is Tandragee Castle. Originally the seat of the O'Hanlon sept, it was taken over by the English during the Plantation of Ulster and rebuilt in about 1837 by George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester. Today, its grounds are home to the Tayto potato-crisp factory.

Northern Ireland Electricity has an interconnector to County Louth in the Republic of Ireland from the outskirts of the town.[5]

Earlier spellings of the town's name include Tanderagee and Tonregee. They come from Tóin re Gaoith, which refers to the hillside on which the village is built.


  • Tandragee Primary School
  • Tandragee Junior High School
  • Tandragee Nursery
  • Button Moon Play Group


Tandragee Rovers play in the Mid-Ulster Football League.

There is a golf course within the grounds of Tandragee Castle, within walking distance of the main street. It is 5,589 metres, par 71, and a hilly parkland course.

Tandragee is also home to the Tandragee 100, a motorcycle road racing event held each year on country roads near the town.


Tandragee Castle and gate lodge

Thomas Sinton opened a mill in town in the 1880s, an expansion of his firm from its original premises at nearby Laurelvale - a model village which he built. Sintons' mill, at the banks of the River Cusher, remained in production until the 1990s.[6]

The potato-crisp company Tayto has a factory and offices beside Tandragee Castle. It offers guided tours.


St Mark's Church overlooking part of Tandragee

Tanderagee railway station opened on 6 January 1852 and was shut on 4 January 1965.[7]

There is an airstrip for landing and taking off of small aircraft near the old porridge factory.


2011 Census[edit]

It had a population of 3,486 people (1,382 households) in the 2011 Census.[4]

2001 Census[edit]

Tandragee is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2,050 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 3,050 people living in Tandragee. Of these:

  • 24.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.0% of the population were male and 50.0% were female
  • 10.5% were from a Roman Catholic background and 86.9% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Tandragee District L.O.L. No.4
  3. ^ "Tandragee". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Tandragee". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. ^ Eirgrid-SONI Transmission System Map, October 2007
  6. ^ Tandragee to get mill back in action, The Belfast Telegraph
  7. ^ "Tandragee station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24.

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