Coordinates: 54°26′50″N 6°23′18″W / 54.447222°N 6.388333°W / 54.447222; -6.388333

Irish: Creag Abhann[1]
Central Way, Craigavon - - 681705.jpg
Central Way, Craigavon
Craigavon is located in Northern Ireland

 Craigavon shown within Northern Ireland
Population 12,500 (estimate based on 2001 Census, see below)
Irish grid reference J042562
    - Belfast  21 miles (33 km)[2] 
District Craigavon
County County Armagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT63
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
NI Assembly Upper Bann
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland • Armagh

Craigavon is a settlement in north County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It was a planned settlement that was begun in 1965 and named after Northern Ireland's first Prime Minister — James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon. It was intended to be a linear city incorporating Lurgan and Portadown, but this plan mostly failed and less than half of the proposed work was finished. Among locals today, "Craigavon" refers to the mainly residential area between the two towns.[3]

Craigavon sometimes refers to the much larger Craigavon Urban Area, which includes "Craigavon Centre, Brownlow, Lurgan, Portadown, Waringstown and Bleary" – with a population of 57,685.[4]



Original plans

Craigavon was planned as a 'New City' for Northern Ireland that would mirror cities such as Milton Keynes in Great Britain. It was conceived as a linear city that would link the towns of Lurgan and Portadown to create a single urban area and identity. The argument for a new town was based on projections indicating population increases over the following decades that would require large scale house building. Similar projects had been successfully completed in Great Britain so it was in some ways a symbol of Northern Ireland as both modern and a part of British mainstream. Several reasons have been suggested for the suitability of the site including the existing population centres, industrial base, proximity to Belfast and the belief that Craigavon would help spread development away from Belfast. It was hoped that residents of Belfast would be attracted by the suburban nature of Craigavon’s design and that business would see it as an interesting alternative. Cash incentives were offered to some families moving to Craigavon. The M1 motorway (Northern Ireland) was constructed to link the new city with Belfast and there were plans to replace the Lurgan and Portadown Railway Stations with a single high speed terminal in central Craigavon. The Craigavon Area Hospital was built to replace small hospitals in the local towns.

Critics have suggested that Derry would have been the better location and that North Armagh was chosen in order to maintain a Protestant majority in areas east of the River Bann.

Roundabout on Central Way
One of the many cycle paths in Craigavon

The design of Craigavon was imbued with the spirit of the age. The planners separated motor vehicles from pedestrians and cyclists wherever possible, creating a dedicated network of paths allowing residents to travel across Craigavon without encountering traffic. The road network for motor vehicles used roundabouts instead of traffic lights at junctions, giving the planners the ability to easily increase the number of lanes if it became necessary. Electricity and other cables were placed underground and street lighting was standard throughout. The planners clustered the housing developments around small ‘village centres’ with associated retail space, leisure facilities, post offices, primary schools, pharmacies, community centres and other civic amenities. There was a total separation of industrial land-use from all other uses. All estates were built with security concerns in mind, with one vehicle entry/exit point.

Craigavon was designed to be a very child-friendly environment with small playgrounds dotted throughout the residential areas. There was an emphasis on providing green space in the housing estates and safe paths to cycle on. The new town was also provided with many civic amenities including a leisure centre, libraries, shopping centre, civic centre, a large park with artificial lakes, playing fields, a petting zoo, public gardens and an artificial ski slope.


Problems began to come to light when it emerged that some large-scale housing areas had been built with materials and techniques that had not been fully tested, with the result that insulation, sound-proofing and durability were not adequate. The area's main employer, Goodyear, had a large fan-belt factory in the Silverwood industrial estate, and at the time it was Europe's largest factory. The plant failed to make money on a consistent basis, and had to close. It also emerged that the population projections for Northern Ireland upon which the project was based were wildly inaccurate, with the result that the planned development was redundant.[citation needed] This was compounded by the outbreak of the 'Troubles' in the late 1960s, with the result that investment into Northern Ireland dried up and emigration increased.

Consequently around 50% of what was planned was never built, and of what was built, some of that had to be demolished after becoming empty and derelict. It was not uncommon to drive through Craigavon in the early 1980s and see entire housing estates and acres of housing abandoned. The area designated as Craigavon 'city centre', roughly mid-point between Lurgan and Portadown, for much of this time contained the municipal authority, the court buildings, a shopping mall Surrounded by the Parkmore estate and greenfield land it became a source of much derision, although in recent years housing developments have been built up around the shopping centre whilst the area to the East lies the "balancing lakes". A beautiful area of public parkland.

Critics of single use zoning would find much to criticise in Craigavon where this type of urban planning has been used extensively. Only in the older towns is traditional town planning more prevalent.

The identity of a new city never really caught on. The name 'Craigavon' is today used by locals to refer to the rump of the housing between Lurgan and Portadown, but the names of the old towns stubbornly live on and so do their identities. Many citizens of Lurgan and a few citizens of Portadown resent being identified with the new city of Craigavon.[citation needed] Lurgan has been adversely effected commercially by the Craigavon development although Portadown has prospered greatly as a result of its association with Craigavon.[citation needed]

However after many years of development, and increasing house prices closer to Belfast, Craigavon is now taking off. Many of the older housing estates have been demolished, improving the general tone of the area. The introduction of new estates have brought many new people into the area, and the expansion of the Craigavon Shopping Centre (now renamed the Rushmere Shopping Centre) has made it a major shopping destination.

The Troubles

The Craigavon urban area, especially Lurgan and Portadown, suffered from The Troubles like the rest of the Province even though there was very little violence in central Craigavon. The plan to build a city there was abandoned. For more information, see The Troubles in Craigavon, which includes a list of incidents in Craigavon during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.


The Belfast–Dublin railway line between Craigavon Lakes
Craigavon Lakes

Craigavon lies on an area of flat land near the southeastern shore of Lough Neagh. The surrounding settlements (listed clockwise) are Aghacommon (north), Lurgan (northeast), Corcreeny (east), Bleary (southeast) and Portadown (southwest). It is separated from these surrounding settlements mostly by fields. The narrow gap between Craigavon and Portadown is marked by the fields/playing fields in Lisnisky and Kernan. The gap between Craigavon and Lurgan is narrower, being marked by fields/playing fields in Ballynamony, Tullygally, Taghnevan and Monbrief.[5]

Between Craigavon and Aghacommon is the Portadown–Lurgan railway line and Craigavon Lakes. The railway line runs between the two lakes. Further north is the M1 motorway, which runs parallel with the railway line.[5]


Most of Craigavon is within the civil parish of Seagoe. The following is a list of townlands within Craigavon's urban area (excluding Lurgan, Portadown and Bleary), alongside their likely etymologies:[5][6][7][8]

  • Balteagh (from Bailte Fhiach)
  • Clanrolla (from Cluain Rothla or Cluain Ralach)
  • Crossmacahilly (from Cros Mhic Cathghaile or Cros Mhic Eachmhilidh)
  • Drumgask (from Druim Gasach or Druim Gasga)
  • Drumgor (from Druim gCor)
  • Drumnagoon (from Druim na nGamhan or Druim Uí Dhubháin)
  • Knockmenagh (from Cnoc Meánach)
  • Legaghory or Legahory (from Log a' Choire)
  • Monbrief (from Móin Bríghe or Magh an Bhritheamh or Magh an Breaghtha)
  • Moyraverty or Moyraferty (from Maigh Raifeartaigh)
  • Tamnafiglassan (from Tamhnach Feadha Glasáin or Tamhnach Fiodha Glasain)
  • Tannaghmore West (from Tamhnach Mór)
  • Tullygally (from Tulaigh Galla)


For census purposes, Craigavon is not treated as a separate entity by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Instead, it is combined with Portadown, Lurgan and Bleary to form the "Craigavon Urban Area". This makes it difficult to glean an accurate demographic picture of the area that is generally regarded as Craigavon – the mainly residential area between Portadown and Lurgan.[3] This area roughly corresponds with the Drumgask,[9] Drumgor,[10] Kernan[11] and (part of) Taghnevan[12] electoral wards.

On the day of the last census (29 April 2001) the combined population of these wards was 12,597.

Craigavon has an 800-strong Chinese community, and a high level of racially motivated incidents.[13]


Craigavon was provided with a number of schools, with capacity for a number of children which never materialised.

  • Brownlow Integrated College was one of the first integrated high schools in Northern Ireland
  • Drumgor Primary School, controlled primary school
  • Lismore Comprehensive School largest school in Northern Ireland, maintained by the Roman Catholic Church
  • Moyallon Primary School
  • St. Anthony's Primary School, maintained by the Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Brendan's Primary School, maintained by the Roman Catholic Church
  • Tullygally Primary School, a mixed religion school. It has about 100 pupils at any one time. It was built by the government with the original founding of Craigavon "city" and was part of the library board. The size of the primary school was reduced in recent years and half of it now accommodates an adult learning centre.


  • Éire Óg G.F.C. - Compete in Division IV of the Armagh All County League. Have won both Junior and Intermediate honours.
  • Craigavon United F.C. - won the Milk Cup in 1986.
  • Craigavon City F.C. - Founded in 2007. In their first season they finished 4th in the Mid Ulster fourth division and won the John Magee Memorial Cup after a 2-1 victory over Armagh Rovers.
  • Craigavon Cowboys American Football - The only American Football Team in Armagh. 2009 Winners of the IAFL DV8s league. Currently preparing for their return to the IAFL proper in 2010

Community Groups

Tidy Craigavon is a local initiative to promote the environment in the Craigavon area.

Twin Towns

Craigavon is twinned with:


See also


External links

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См. также в других словарях:

  • Craigavon — …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Craigavon — Craigavon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Craigavon —   [ kreɪgævn], Distrikt in Nordirland, am Südufer des Lough Neagh, 379 km2, 75 000 Einwohner; Verwaltungssitz ist Portadown …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Craigavon — /krayg ay veuhn, av euhn/, n. James Craig, 1st Viscount, 1871 1940, first prime minister of Northern Ireland 1921 40. * * * District (pop., 2001: 80,671), Northern Ireland. Established in 1973, it lies south of Lough Neagh. In the north it is… …   Universalium

  • Craigavon — Original name in latin Craigavon Name in other language Craigavon, Creag Abhann, Krejgavon, Krejgejvun, Крейгавон, Крейгейвън, Крејгавон State code GB Continent/City Europe/London longitude 54.44709 latitude 6.387 altitude 34 Population 59236… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Craigavon — Distrito (pob., 2001: 80.671 hab.) de Irlanda del Norte. Fue instituido en 1973 y está situado al sur del lago Neagh. En el norte es llano y la mayoría de sus suelos son de turba; en el sur se convierte a tierras bajas. Es un importante distrito… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Craigavon — Sp Kreigãvonas Ap Craigavon L Š. Airijos mst. ir apygarda, Jungtinė Karalystė …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Craigavon — Sp Kreigãvonas Ap Craigavon L Š. Airijos mst. ir apygarda, D. Britanija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Craigavon — I. biographical name 1st Viscount 1871 1940 James Craig British statesman; 1st prime minister of Northern Ireland (1921 40) II. geographical name district central Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 147 square miles (381 square kilometers),… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Craigavon — /krayg ay veuhn, av euhn/, n. James Craig, 1st Viscount, 1871 1940, first prime minister of Northern Ireland 1921 40 …   Useful english dictionary

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