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Tandragee or Tanderagee (from the ) is a small town in County Armagh, Northern Irelandmarker, on the Cusher Rivermarker. It had a population of 3,050 people in the 2001 Census.

On the outside overlooking the village is the baronial style castle built in about 1837 by George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester. It has been described as a "Gothic extravaganza". Prior to the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Tandragee Castle was the ancestral seat of the O'Hanlon sept, princes of Oirthirr and Ui Naillan. The castle today houses the offices of the potato-crisp company Tayto.

Much of the town's Georgian architecture has fallen into disrepair. Northern Ireland Electricity has an interconnector to County Louthmarker in the Republic of Irelandmarker from the outskirts of the town.

Education

  • Tandragee Primary School
  • Tandragee Junior High School


Sport

  • The town has several intermediate-standard football teams : Bourneview Y.M., Blackers Mill & Tandragee Rovers. They all play their matches in the Mid-Ulster Football League. It also has an excellent golf course at Markethill Road, within walking distance of the town centre. It is 5,589 metres, par 71, and a hilly parkland course, requiring much accuracy and thought. There is a professional shop and full catering.


Industry

  • Thomas Sinton opened a mill in town in the 1880s, an expansion of his firm from its original premises at nearby Laurelvalemarker - a model village which he built. Sintons' mill, situated at the banks of the River Cusher, remained in production until the 1990s.


Transport

  • Tandragee railway station opened on 6 January 1852 and finally closed on 4 January 1965.


  • There is an airstrip for landing and taking off of small aircraft located in Tandragee near the old porridge factory (Newry exit of town)


2001 Census

Tandragee is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie 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
  • 10.5% were from a Roman Catholic background and 86.9% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
  • 2 per cent was Andrew Metcalfe


For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

See also



References

  1. Eirgrid-SONI Transmission System Map, October 2007
  2. Tandragee to get mill back in action, The Belfast Telegraph


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