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County Armagh

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County Armagh
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Area: 1,254 km˛
Population: 141,000 (estimate)
Province: Ulster

County Armagh (Contae Ard Mhacha in Irish) is a county in Ulster, Ireland. It is one of six counties that remain under British jurisdiction. County Armagh is known by some as the Orchard of Ireland because the land is so fertile. Its main town is Armagh.

The county borders Lough Neagh to the north, County Down (Northern Ireland) to the east, County Louth (Republic of Ireland) to the south and County Tyrone (NI) and County Monaghan (ROI) to the west.

The southern part of Armagh (South Armagh) is the most militarized region in Western Europe due to a history of armed struggle against the British presence. The region has been a stronghold of support for the IRA, earning it the nickname 'Bandit Country.' South Armagh is over 90% nationalist, with most of the population being opposed to any form of British presence, especially that of a military nature.

Geography

The river Blackwater runs along the border with County Tyrone. The river Bann enters Lough Neagh in the north, flowing though the north-east of the county.

Mountains in Armagh include Slieve Guillion, Carrigatuke and Camlough Mountain.

There are also a number of islands in the county's section of Lough Neagh: Coney Island, Coney Island Flat, Croaghan Flat, Derrywarragh Island, Padian, Phil Roe's Flat and The Shallow Flat.

Administration

County Armagh is divided for administrative purposes between three district councils: Armagh City and District Council, most of Craigavon Borough Council, and approximately the western third of Newry and Mourne.

See also

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