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Tynan is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population71 (2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT
Dialling code028
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54°19′48″N 6°49′22″W / 54.33007°N 6.822644°W / 54.33007; -6.822644Coordinates: 54°19′48″N 6°49′22″W / 54.33007°N 6.822644°W / 54.33007; -6.822644

Tynan (from Irish: Tuíneán, meaning "watercourse"[1]) is a village, townland (of 375 acres) and civil parish in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is situated largely in the historic barony of Tiranny, with some areas in the barony of Armagh.[2] It had a population of 71 people (35 households) in the 2011 Census.[3] (2001 Census: 71 people)


Tynan was one of several Catholic border villages in Armagh that would have been transferred to the Irish Free State had the recommendations of the Irish Boundary Commission been enacted in 1925.[4]

Tynan won the status as the most well preserved rural Irish village in 1993.[citation needed]

The Troubles[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

Tynan Abbey has an extensive demesne, a country house belonging to the Stronge family was situated here until it was destroyed by the Provisional IRA in 1981.[5][6] The ruins have since been demolished. The grounds hold an extensive cemetery with grave stones going back centuries and others worn beyond recognition.

Tynan has a High cross in the village's church yard, dating from 700–900.[citation needed] It shows a carving of Adam and Eve under an apple tree.

Adam & Eve under a tree.


The Ulster Railway opened the station on 25 May 1858 as Tynan, Caledon & Midleton.[7] In 1876 the Ulster Railway merged with other railways to become the Great Northern Railway (Ireland).

Tynan was formerly served by mainline trains of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) and was also the eastern terminus of the narrow gauge Clogher Valley Railway. Tynan railway station on the Clogher Valley railway opened on 2 May 1887 and shut 1 January 1942. Tynan and Caledon railway station on the mainline opened on 25 May 1858 and shut on 1 October 1957.[8]


Civil parish of Tynan[edit]

The civil parish contains the villages of Killylea, Middletown and Tynan.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PlaceNamesNI - Tynan Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Tynan". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Tynan". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Irish Boundary Commission Report". National Archives. 1925. p. 130.
  5. ^ 'The Green Book: I' from 'The IRA' by Tim Pat Coogan (1993)
  6. ^ Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons, election.demon.co.uk; accessed 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Tynan & Caledon" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Tynan and Tynan and Caledon stations" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  9. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (Church of England Church Commissioners, 1868), p. 771

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