Loughgall

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Loughgall
Irish: Loch gCál
St Luke's Loughgall - geograph.org.uk - 196910.jpg
St Luke's Church
Loughgall is located in Northern Ireland
Loughgall
 Loughgall shown within Northern Ireland
Population285 (2001 Census)
Irish grid referenceH908522
DistrictArmagh
CountyCounty Armagh
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townARMAGH
Postcode districtBT61
Dialling code028
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK ParliamentNewry and Armagh
NI AssemblyNewry and Armagh
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Armagh
 
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Coordinates: 54°25′00″N 6°36′00″W / 54.416667°N 6.6°W / 54.416667; -6.6

Loughgall
Irish: Loch gCál
St Luke's Loughgall - geograph.org.uk - 196910.jpg
St Luke's Church
Loughgall is located in Northern Ireland
Loughgall
 Loughgall shown within Northern Ireland
Population285 (2001 Census)
Irish grid referenceH908522
DistrictArmagh
CountyCounty Armagh
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townARMAGH
Postcode districtBT61
Dialling code028
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK ParliamentNewry and Armagh
NI AssemblyNewry and Armagh
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Armagh

Loughgall (/lɒxˈɡɔːl/ lokh-GAWL; from Irish: Loch gCál, meaning "cabbage lake")[1][2] is a small village, townland and civil parish in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 285 people.

Loughgall was named after a small nearby loch. The village is at the heart of the apple-growing industry and is surrounded by orchards. Along the village's main street is large set of gates leading to Loughgall Manor. An imposing building, the Manor was once the home of the Cope family who arrived as part of the Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century.

History[edit]

In 1795, rival sectarian gangs, the Catholic Defenders and Protestant Peep-o'-Day Boys fought a bloody skirmish called the Battle of the Diamond, that left around 80 people dead. The Orange Order was founded in Dan Winter's House, Loughgall following these events.

The Troubles[edit]

For more information see The Troubles in Loughgall, which includes a list of incidents in Loughgall during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

On 8 May 1987, eight members of the Provisional Irish Republic an Army (IRA) launched an attack on the village's Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base, but were intercepted by a Special Air Service (SAS) unit of twenty-five. The SAS shot dead all eight IRA men and a passing civilian. This is known as the Loughgall Ambush.

Places of interest[edit]

Loughgall Country Park is set in a 188 hectare estate of open farmland & orchards and includes an 18 hole golf course and 37-acre (150,000 m2) coarse fishery.

The NI Horticulture and Plant Breeding Station is set in the Loughgall Manor Estate, surrounded by mature woodlands and overlooking the Lough Gall. The estate was established in the late 17th century by Sir Anthony Cope of Hanwell, Oxfordshire and became the Cope family home for 350 years. In 1947 the estate was purchased from Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, a descendant of the original owner, by the (then) Ministry of Agriculture.

Sport[edit]

It is home to Loughgall Football Club, which plays in the IFA Championship.

Education[edit]

People[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames NI
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ "Introduction - WR Rodgers Papers". Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 

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