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Newry

Newry is a city in County Down, Northern Ireland, on the border with County Armagh. It is about halfway between Belfast and Dublin. It has a population of about 30,000 and was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery. It grew as a market town and a garrison and became a port in 1742 when it was linked to Lough Neagh by the first canal in Ireland. It became a city in 2002.

Notable buildings in the city include Newry Catholic Cathedral and Newry Town Hall. The city also boasts a museum and an arts centre.

The area has a majority nationalist population leading to a council dominated by the Social Democratic and Labour Party and Sinn Féin, but there are some Ulster Unionist and DUP councillors.

The name of the city comes from the Irish "An Iu(bh)ir C(h)inn Tra(ha)" which translates as the Yew at the head of the Strand, which relates to an apocryphal story that Saint Patrick planted a yew tree there in the fifth century. When speaking in Irish the full name of the town is rarely used; instead it is abbreviated to An tIúr which when spoken sounds like "Nur", leading to the modern English name.


Cities in the Republic of Ireland
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