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Newry

UK Place
Local nameGap of the North
Demography
Population27430 (Census 2001)
Administration
Districts of Northern IrelandNewry and Mourne
CountyCounty Down, County Armagh
CountryNorthern Ireland
Other Information
Post townNEWRY AND MOURNE
Postcode districtBT34, BT35 BT
Dialling code028
UK ParliamentNewry and Armagh
South Down
Northern Ireland AssemblyNewry and Armagh
South Down

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Newry (c-eniconˈnjʊəri; often shortened to an tIúr) is a city in Northern Ireland. The River Clanrye, which runs through the city, forms the historic border between County Armagh and County Down. It is 34 mi (54.7 km) from Belfast and 67 mi (107.8 km) from Dublin. Newry had a population of approximately 27,430 at the 2001 Census, while Newry and Mourne Council Area had a population of 87,058. Newry was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland's oldest towns.

The city of Newry is one of the constituent cities of the Dublin-Belfast corridor and sits at the entry to the "Gap of the North", close to the border with the Republic of Ireland. It grew as a market town and a garrison and became a port in 1742 when it was linked to Lough Neagh by the first summit-level canal in Britain or Ireland. In March 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Newry was granted city status alongside Lisburn. Despite being the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland, however, it is not the fourth largest settlement. Newry has long been an important centre of trade because of its position between Belfast and Dublin.


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