Whitecross, County Armagh

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Kingsmills Road at Whitecross - geograph.org.uk - 1528182.jpg
Whitecross is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population352 (2011)
Irish grid referenceH987315
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townARMAGH
Postcode districtBT60
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
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Northern Ireland
54°13′24″N 6°29′14″W / 54.22332°N 6.4872°W / 54.22332; -6.4872Coordinates: 54°13′24″N 6°29′14″W / 54.22332°N 6.4872°W / 54.22332; -6.4872

Whitecross is a small village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies within the civil parish of Ballymyre and the townland of Corlat (from Irish: Corr Leacht, meaning "round hill of the monument").[2] In the 2011 Census it had a recorded population of 352.[3]

It has one public house, which was built in the 1970s on the site of the old police barracks. The original public house stood a few hundred yards away, at the bottom of the Ballymoyer Road. The old creamery was held in high regard and was once noted for producing fine butter and cheese for rich Irish households. It was also one of the earliest co-operatives in the country. The townland of Corlat is one of eight townlands given to the Maor family as reward for keeping the famous Book of Armagh (the name Maor meaning "steward" or "keeper" in Irish). This famous book is now held at Trinity College, Dublin.

The most notable incident in Whitecross during The Troubles was the shooting dead of three brothers on 4 January 1976.


  • Kingsmills Primary School
  • St. Malachy's Primary School
  • St. Teresa's Primary School


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Whitecross/Corr Leacht
  2. ^ Placenames NI
  3. ^ See Census 2011 - Headcount and Household Estimates for Settlements published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, available at http://www.nisra.gov.uk/census/2011/results/settlements.html