Moira (Northern Ireland)

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Maigh Rath
Moira (United Kingdom)
Coordinates 54 ° 29 ′  N , 6 ° 14 ′  W Coordinates: 54 ° 29 ′  N , 6 ° 14 ′  W
Basic data
Country United Kingdom

Part of the country

Northern Ireland
District Lisburn and Castlereagh
Residents 3682
Main Street
Main Street

Moira ( Irish Maigh Rath 'level of the ring forts' ) is a town in historic County Down in Northern Ireland , between Lisburn and Lurgan . The city was part of the disbanded District Down and has been part of the District Newry, Morne and Down since 2015 . The population at the 2001 census was 3682.


Moira is a city with a steadily growing population, which was awarded several times between 1990 and 2000 as the "Best Preserved Small Town". The reason for this was, among other things, the historical building structure and the well-tended floral decorations in Main Street. The community of the city is based on a lively social and religious coexistence; Moira has five parishes in and around the city. In St. John's Church, built in 1725, William Butler Yeats, the grandfather of the poet William Butler Yeats , was the assistant pastor in 1835.

The Town Hall was built around 1800. In the city park you can still see the foundation walls of Moira Castle, once the ancestral seat of the Earls of Moira. One of the oldest surviving buildings is Berwick Hall, a thatched-roofed yeoman house from 1700.

The population is made up of 24.3% under 16-year-olds and 13.8% over 60-year-olds, 48.8% are male, 51.2% female, 13% are Catholics and 82.6% Protestants.


In the story Cath Maige Rátha ("The Battle of Mag Ráth") of Irish mythology , Congal Claen, the King of Ulster , wages war against the Irish high king Domnall mac Aeda and in 637 the battle of Mag Ráth ("Plain of Ringforts “- Moira), which lasts for three days. Ulster's troops and their Scots allies suffer a crushing defeat and Congal Claen is killed.

Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings (1754-1826), born in Moira, was Governor General of British India from 1813 to 1823 .

On February 20, 1998, a £ 500 car bomb exploded near the police station, injuring 11 people. The bomb was probably set by the " Real Irish Republican Army " (RIRA), a splinter group of the IRA .

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