Donaghacloney parish church, Waringstown
|Population||2,523 (2001 Census)|
|Irish grid reference|
|• Belfast||23 miles (37 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||028, +44 28|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Waringstown (Irish: Baile an Bhairínigh) is a village in County Down, neighbouring the towns of Lurgan and Banbridge. It lies within the parish of Donaghcloney, and in the barony of Iveagh Lower, Lower Half. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 2,523 people. Over the years, the village has been bestowed numerous awards, including "Best Kept Small Town" for its floral displays and pleasant appearance.
The weaving village of Waringstown developed under the auspices of William Waring and his descendants. Waring's son, Samuel, brought Flemish weavers to the village, building Huguenot style cottages for them, some of which survive today. In the past, the village was renowned for its handloom damask weaving. The industrial focus was at the southern end of the town, where brewing, linen-weaving, and cambric and clothing manufacture were formerly carried out and where some substantial 18th century and 19th century industrial buildings still exist.
- 20 December 1990 - Wilfred Wethers (46), A Protestant off duty Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer, was shot and killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper while driving his car, Waringstown, County Down.
The village has, over the years, been associated with the sport of cricket, something that has been attributed to the area's planters being predominantly from the north of England. The local team, Waringstown Cricket Club, has achieved some success in the NCU Senior League, playing its home matches at The Lawn. The club was established in 1851, by a member of the Waring family, and its ground was also donated by the family. The popularity of the sport in the village and its influence elsewhere has led to it being dubbed "The Home of Cricket in Ulster". The neighbouring village of Donaghcloney has a similar heritage in the sport.
- Waringstown Primary School
Waringstown is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,523 people living in Waringstown. Of these:
- 26.8% were aged under 16 years and 14.6% were aged 60 and over
- 49.0% of the population were male and 51.1% were female
- 5.4% were from a Catholic background and 92.2% were from a Protestant background
- 1.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
It had a population of 3,683 people
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