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Tandragee

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Tandragee

The Square, Tandragee (2009)
Tandragee
Location within Northern Ireland
Population3,486 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceJ030462
• Belfast25 mi (40 km)
District
County
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCRAIGAVON
Postcode districtBT62
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Armagh
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")[2] is a village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Cusher River, 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, the chiefs of Orior, 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 name include Tanderagee and Tonregee.[2]

Education

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

Sport

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.

Industry

Tandragee Castle and gate lodge
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.

Transport

St Mark's Church overlooking part of Tandragee
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.

Demography

2011 Census

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

2001 Census

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
  • 86.9% were from a Protestant background and 10.5% were from a Roman Catholic background
  • 2.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

References

  1. ^ Tandragee. Placenames Database of Ireland.
  2. ^ a b Place Names NI
  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 24 November 2007.

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