The Square, Tandragee (2009)
|Population||3,486 (2011 Census)|
|Irish grid reference|
|• Belfast||25 mi (40 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Tandragee (from Irish: Tóin re Gaoith, meaning 'backside to the wind') is a village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Cusher River, in the civil parish of Ballymore and the historic barony of Orior Lower. It had a population of 3,486 people in the 2011 Census.
Overlooking the village is Tandragee Castle. Originally the seat of the O'Hanlon sept, the chiefs of Orior, it was taken over by the English during the Plantation of Ulster and rebuilt in about 1837 for The 6th Duke of Manchester. Today, its grounds are home to the Tayto potato-crisp factory.
Earlier spellings of the name include Tanderagee and Tonregee.
- Tandragee Primary School
- Tandragee Junior High School
- Tandragee Nursery
- Button Moon Play Group
There is a golf course within the grounds of Tandragee Castle, within walking distance of the main street. It is 5,589 metres, par 71, and a hilly parkland course.
Despte Tandragee's Protestant majority, the Gaelic Athletic Association also has a presence in the town. Tandragee's Gaelic football team is named "The Redmond O'Hanlons", after the 17th century rapparee of the same name.
Thomas Sinton opened a mill in town in the 1880s, an expansion of his firm from its original premises at nearby Laurelvale – a model village which he built. Sintons' mill, at the banks of the River Cusher, remained in production until the 1990s.
The potato-crisp company Tayto has a factory and offices beside Tandragee Castle. It offers guided tours.
There is an airstrip for landing and taking off of small aircraft near the old porridge factory.
Tandragee had a population of 3,486 people (1,382 households) in the 2011 Census. Of these:
- 23.26% were under 16 years old and 12.62% were aged 65 and above;
- 50.06% of the population were male and 49.94% were female; and
- 81.84% were from a Protestant background and 11.70% were from a Roman Catholic background
Tandragee is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2,050 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 3,050 people living in Tandragee. Of these:
- 24.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.3% were aged 60 and over
- 48.0% of the population were male and 50.0% were female
- 86.9% were from a Protestant background and 10.5% were from a Roman Catholic background
- 2.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
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- Eirgrid-SONI Transmission System Map, October 2007
- Tandragee to get mill back in action, The Belfast Telegraph
- "Tandragee station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
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