Middletown, County Armagh

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Irish: Coillidh Chanannáin
County Armagh
Middletown, County Armagh - geograph.org.uk - 617737.jpg
Grid reference: H753388
Location: 54°17’34"N, 6°50’38"W
Post town: Armagh
Postcode: BT60
Dialling code: 028
Local Government
Council: Armagh, Banbridge
and Craigavon
Newry & Armagh

Middletown is a village and townland in County Armagh. It lies two miles from Tynan and close to the border with County Monaghan. It had a population of 237 people (91 households) in the 2011 Census.[1]


Middletown was built in the townland of Middletown, which was known throughout the 17th century under variants of the name Killecannagan, from the Irish Coillidh Chanannáin, meaning 'Canannán's wood'. It is known for its picturesque countryside and its rolling green hills. The hills are made up of numerous drumlins which make up the countryside. At the bottom of the valleys that many of these drumlins form, glens can be found with many tributaries of the River Blackwater flowing through them. The River Cor flows through Middletown countryside and right by the village. It is the most prominent river in Middletown; once a canal system operated on it, namely the Ulster Canal.


Children from Middletown formerly went to three different primary schools: St John's Boys' School, St Louis Convent School for girls, and Glasdrummond Primary School (boys and girls). Due to low numbers in the mid-1990s, a new school was built on the site of St John's Boys' School and was opened in June 1999, whereupon all three primary schools were amalgamated.

Notable people

  • Eamon Donnelly, director of elections for Sinn Féin[2] and a founding member of Fianna Fáil, was born in Middletown.


Middletown has a long history of Gaelic games and the local Gaelic Athletic Association club, Middletown GAA, plays hurling as Na Fianna, Gaelic football as Eoghan Ruadh, and camogie as St John's. Middletown was the birthplace of Irish-American boxer Joe Coburn, who claimed the World Heavyweight Championship in 1862.


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