15 Facts About Newry


Newry is a city in Northern Ireland, divided by the Clanrye river in counties Armagh and Down, 34 miles from Belfast and 67 miles from Dublin.

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Newry was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery, although there are references to earlier settlements in the area, and is one of Ireland's oldest towns.

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Name Newry is an anglicization of An Iuraigh, an oblique form of An Iurach, which means "the grove of yew trees".

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One of the main castles of Newry at this date was an ancient abbey building which stood at Mill Street corner, in the northwest end of the abbey complex.

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Newry demolished its altar and completely dug up the ancient graveyard beside the church, removing ancient bones by the cartload to St Mary's at Chapel Street.

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Newry is within the civil parishes of Newry and Middle Killeavy.

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Newry has a reputation as one of the best provincial shopping-towns in Northern Ireland, with the Buttercrane Centre and The Quays Newry attracting large numbers of shoppers from as far away as Cork.

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Newry won the seat in the 2015 United Kingdom general election.

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In terms of bus transport, Newry is served by an Ulsterbus bus station in the city centre.

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Services in Newry include local, regional and cross-border transport with a free shuttle bus service to the local train station and services to local schools around Newry and Mourne.

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Newry suffers from very heavy traffic with shoppers coming from across the border.

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Newry is connected with Warrenpoint by a lower quality dual carriageway, some seven miles to the south.

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Newry is linked to Belfast via National Cycle Route 9, via Portadown, Lisburn and Craigavon.

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Roman Catholic churches in Newry include the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Colman, the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine, St Brigid's, St Mary's on Chapel Street, the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Church of the Assumption.

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Newry RFC is an Irish amateur rugby union club, founded in 1925.

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