The Birches, County Armagh

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The Birches
County Armagh
Grid reference: H943604
Location: 54°28’59"N, 6°32’45"W
Local Government
Council: Armagh, Banbridge
and Craigavon

The Birches is a small village in northern County Armagh, six miles north-west of Portadown and close to the southern shore of Lough Neagh (and more prosaically, close to junction 12 of the M1 motorway). In the 2001 the village had a population of 150.

The Birches is within the townlands of Ballynarry and Clonmakate. Two parts to the village can be distinguished, that at Robinstown Road, centred on a public housing estate and a school, and that part adjacent to the M1 junction.

About the village

  • Stonewall Jackson's ancestral site is at Waugh's Farm, The Birches (though General Jackson also had roots in Coleraine, County Londonderry).