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Lurgan -
some quick facts

In the last century there were about 30 places in Ireland called Lurgan - which means 'shin' in Irish.

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Lurgan - some quick facts

Main street in Lurgan Town
Main Street in Lurgan town
  • In the last century there were about 30 places in Ireland called Lurgan - which means 'shin' in Irish.

  • Lurgan had a population of 2,207 in 1819.

  • The Mechanics Institute was inaugurated in 1859 and the Model School in 1863.. The Mechanics Institute survived a fire in 1863.

  • The first election of town commissioners or latterday 'councillors' was held in 1855. Lurgan townsfolk showed their warm heartedness for the distressed inhabitants of Lisburn when they had a collection in 1707.

  • Gas was first introduced into the town in 1847.

  • Lurgan Penny Savings Bank was started in 1860.

  • Shankill Buildings opened in 1879 and the original grantee of Lurgan Estate, Sir William Brownlow, died in 1661.

  • In the Lurgan Distillery 15,000 tons of grain used to be consumed annually.

  • Samuel Tate was indicted for murder at Derrymacash early in 1861 but was released from custody later the same year.

  • The Great Explosion' at bir. Leonard IIprichard's house in Lurgan happened in 1859.

  • In January 1860 the First Presbyterian Church was re-opened after enlargement. Parish clerk James Jameson was buried in 1713. Former Lurgan curate, the Rev. Edward Kent, died in 1853. Knockna,muckley Church was 'opened for divine service' in 1853. The vicar of Seagoe, Rev. Richard Buckby died in 1796. In 1675 the vestry of Shankill agreed to purchase a bell for the church. Waringstown House was built in 1667.

  • The attendance at Lurgan Church in 1846 varied between 313 and 500. The attendance at Lurgan Presbyterian meeting-house in 1846 was over 400.
  • Ardmore Church was built in 1765 close to the shore of Lough Neagh. It was blown down in a storm in 1783 and new one built in 1785. The attendance at Lurgan Wesleyan meeting-house in 1846 was 300. The attendance at Lurgan P.W.M. meeting-house in 1846 was between 65 and 150. The attendance of the Lurgan Roman Catholic Chapel in 1846 was 739.

  • The last vestry in the old parish church of Shankhill was held in 1725.

  • The Orangemen of the district of Lurgan resolved to erect and Orange Hall in Lurgan in 1859.

  • Miss Anne E. Brownlow married Colonel Close in 1820 and Arthur Chamberlain Brownlow was buried in Shankhill in 1711.

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