Blackwatertown

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Blackwatertown
County Armagh
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Entering Blackwatertown
Location
Grid reference: H843524
Location: 54°24’47"N, 6°42’6"W
Data
Local Government
Council: Armagh, Banbridge
and Craigavon

Blackwatertown, sometimes referred to as Blackwaterstown, is a small village in the townland of Lisbofin, County Armagh. It stands beside the River Blackwater, close to the border with Tyrone.

The village had a population of 376 people in 150 households recorded by the 2011 Census.

Blackwatertown was one of the first places in Northern Ireland to erect street signs in the Irish language in 1980. The village recently had signs erected at the entrances indicating its name; previously signs were erected by local individuals indicating its name in the Irish language.

The River Blackwater enters Lough Neagh west of Derrywarragh Island and is navigable from Maghery to Blackwatertown.

Sport

  • Gaelic Athletic: Port Mór GAA
  • Boxing: St Jarlaths ABC.

The ancient sport of Road Bowling, known as 'Bullets', is still played along country roads. In this sport, two players throw a small metal ball (the bullet) along a set distance on a road. The winner is the player who finishes in the fewest throws. This sport is very popular in most parts of County Armagh, and parts of Cork.

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