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Derrymacash or The Cash ( ) is a small village in County Armagh, Northern Irelandmarker. It is situated very close to the southern banks of Lough Neaghmarker, four miles northwest of Lurganmarker. It had a population of 629 people in the 2001 Census.

It should not be confused with the settlement of Aghacommon, which lies one mile south of the village.

Development

In recent years Derrymacash, like many villages in Irelandmarker, has become increasingly residential and continues to expand, becoming a popular area for Lurganmarker and Craigavonmarker residents to relocate, given that it is regarded as a country village. The village has a Catholic Primary school and chapel both under the name of Ireland's Patron Saint, Saint Patrick.

Places of interest

Within close proxmity of Derrymacash is the nature reserve Oxford Island which is famed for its peaceful nature trails, bird hides and various species of wildlife and bog lands.

Sport

The main sports in Derrymacash are Gaelic football and camogie, represented by the Wolfe Tones and St Enda's teams, who both play their home games in Raparee Park.The Wolfe Tones, are currently in the top flight in the 'Armagh ACL Division 1' after many years of absence. Previous well known players include:
  • The late Bill McCorry, infamous for a missed penalty kick in the 1953 All Ireland Final.
  • Paddy Moriarity, Armagh's first County All-star who starred in Armagh's second All Ireland Final in 1977.


Their only silverware of significance in recent times has been the Junior Championship and Ulster Junior Sevens, won in the 2000/2001 season.

2001 Census

Derrymacash is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 629 people living in Derrymacash. Of these:
  • 28.0% were aged under 16 years and 9.7% were aged 60 and over
  • 53.3% of the population were male and 46.7% were female
  • 98.3% were from a Catholic background and 1.7% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.5% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed


For fuller details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

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