Lislea, County Armagh

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County Armagh
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Lislea Chapel
Grid reference: 54.159, -6.458
Location: 54°9’32"N, 6°27’29"W
Local Government
Council: Newry, Mourne and Down

Lislea is a small village and townland near Slieve Gullion in the south of County Armagh. It is within the civil parish of Killevy and the Barony of Orior Upper. It borders the townlands of Ballard, Carricnagalliagh, Aghmakane, Duburren and Drumilly.

The name of the village is from the irish language: Lios Liath means 'Grey Ringfort'.[1]

The 2001 censis recorded a population of 84 people.


  • Roman Catholic: Sacred Heart.[2]

Around the village

Ballykeel Dolmen is an ancient stone burial monument found by on the Ballykeel Road outside the village.

The Callan Valley river also flows through the heart of Lislea and has some breath taking viewing points.

There is also the premises of the former Lislea School and Post Office, as well as the site of the former Lislea linen mill which was built by Thomas Wynne.


A Drama Festival is held in the Old School House Theatre each year.[3] It was founded in 1981 by Eugene Hannaway and has been held every year since. The Lislea Dramatic Players have won awards at many competitions.

Every two years, Lislea hosts a three-week concert called the Townland Concerts. Every concert is hosted by a specific townland/s. The townlands are grouped as so: (1) Clarkhill, Levelamore, Carricknagallian, Doctor's Quarters and Longfield. (2) the Townland of Lislea (3) Anacloughmullion


The Scottish folk singer Eric Bogle wrote a song about a soldier named Willie McBride who was killed in the First World War. A soldier of this name was born in Lislea. [4]