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Irish: Crois Mhic Lionnáin
County Armagh
Cardinal O'Fiach Square, Crossmaglen - - 1447342.jpg
Cardinal Ó Fiach Square, Crossmaglen
Grid reference: H910152
Location: 54°4’38"N, 6°36’32"W
Population: 1,592  (2011)
Post town: Newry
Postcode: BT35
Dialling code: 028
Local Government

Crossmaglen is a village and townland in southern County Armagh. It had a population of 1,592 in the 2011 Census and is the largest village in South Armagh. The name is from the Irish Crois Mhic Lionnáin, meaning "Mac Lionnáin's cross".[1][2] The village centre is the site of a large Police Service of Northern Ireland base and formerly of an observation tower (known locally as the "look-out post").

The square's name commemorates Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, a local man who became Primate of All Ireland (head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland), and who died in 1990.

Gaelic games

Crossmaglen in recent years has become known for its Gaelic football team, Crossmaglen Rangers, who won the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007 (after a replay), 2011 and again in 2012. The manager and several players of Rangers went on to win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship with their county team in 2002 and reached the final again in 2003, only to lose by 0-12 to 0-9 to neighbours Tyrone.

Crossmaglen Rangers hold the national record of 39 County Titles, including 13-in-a-row. They also hold the record of 9 Ulster club titles.


  1. "Placenames NI". Placenames NI. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  2. "Placenames Database of Ireland". 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 

Outside links

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about Crossmaglen)