Burren, County Down

Burren, County Down

Burren (derive|Irish|An Bhoirinn|the rocky district or large stone) is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland, near to Newry and Warrenpoint. Most of the houses in the village are modern and even the commemorative village green was only built recently.

Places of interest

Burren Heritage Centre is a converted national school at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, telling the story of the area.

In the year 1927, Tamnaharry Park became a convent when the (Irish) Dominican Sisters of South Africa purchased the property. The new Convent Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption was dedicated, and its high altar consecrated, by Bishop Mulhern on 24th. May, 1939. Very Rev. Dr. P. Clery O.P., Dublin, preached the dedication sermon. By 1945, the Sisters had acquired a new novitiate in County Kildare and were succeeded in Tamnaharry by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. The house remained in religious hands until 1969, when the Morton Family of Banbridge bought it.

Famous residents

The UTV Live and U105 presenter Frank Mitchell was born and raised in Burren.

South Down MLA PJ Bradley lives in Burren.


Gaelic football is a popular sport in Burren and the local team enjoyed considerable success at national level during the 1980s winning the All-Ireland club football title on two occasions - 1986 and 1988 as well as winning five Ulster club titles.


* [http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/town_Home.aspx?co=7&to=130&ca=0&sca=0&navID=1 Culture Northern Ireland]
* [http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/travel/attractions/museums/bur_heri.shtm Ireland's Eye - Burren Heritage Centre]

See also

*List of villages in Northern Ireland
*List of towns in Northern Ireland

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