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County Armagh.

Lurgan. an Lorgain meaning the long ridge

(The long ridge.)

The town of Lurgan is located five miles from the town of Portadown on the Belfast Road, anciently the land was held by the McCann's as a sept of the O'Neill's, after the Flight of the Earls in 1607 the land was seized by the crown. In 1609 William Brownlow was given 2,500 acres which included the parish, Brownlow brought planters to the town and began to develop it.

During the 1641 rebellion Sir Phelim O'Neill destroyed Lurgan, little happened until Charles II came to the throne. In the 1690 Brownlow declared for the Williamite cause and the town was once again destroyed.

After the Battle of the Boyne, King William III. granted a patent for fairs and markets, and the industry of the people in the land made these valuable.

The linen industry was to boost Lurgan's fortunes, when Queen Anne was on the throne William Waring, M.P., introduced the manufacture of diaper (nappies) Lurgan also became famous for the manufacture of handkerchiefs and embroidery. A factory in the Avenue Road once made optical lenses.

Lurgan's prosperity was based almost entirely on the linen industry as indeed the nearby towns of Warringstown, Donaghcloney and Gilford also had linen factories. (These three village's are in Co Down.) Gilford's mill was large and derived its power from the river Bann.

You may have heard it said of someone in a bad mood 'they have a face like a Lurgan spade', this refers to the exceptionally long spade that was used to cut turf in the locality.

Lurgan is also known for its connections with greyhound racing. Between 1868 1871 Master McGrath a dog owned locally won the Waterloo Cup for coursing greyhounds on three occasions.

The dog is remembered in a stain glass window in the local parish church, in the town's coat of arms and there is a statue Brownlow house, the home of the dogs owner.

Lurgan is situated a little more than a mile from Kinego Bay, Lough Neagh there is an excellent marina at Kinego.

Lurgan park beside the town, in what was the demesne of Lord Lurgan, descendant of William Brownlow, the park contains a beautiful lake of 53 acres.

Lurgan is one of the few towns in Northern Ireland which still has a working railway station, The main Belfast Dublin line passes through the town. The station opened on 18 November 1841

Read about Lurgan on Wikipedia