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Name Newry City County Down Nearest Town Various Access Road Various About
Newry is the fourth-largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth in Ireland. Despite being the largest centre of population in County Down and the only city, the capital town is the much smaller Downpatrick. The River Clanrye, which runs through the city, forms the historic border between County Armagh and County Down.
It is 60 km from Belfast and108 km from Dublin linked only recently by the fully completed MI motorway. Newry had a population of approximately 27,430 at the 2001 Census, while Newry and Mourne Council Area had a population of 87,058. Newry was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest towns.
The city of Newry is one of the constituent cities of the Dublin – Belfast Corridor and sits close to the border with the Republic of Ireland. Newry was an important centre of trade in early Ireland because of its position between Belfast and Dublin. Newry has a reputation as one of the best provincial shopping-towns in Northern Ireland, with the Buttercrane Centre and The Quays attracting large numbers of shoppers from as far away as Cork.
In 2006 Newry topped the league of house prices increases across the whole United Kingdom over the last decade. Prices in the city have increased by 371% since 1996. The city itself has become markedly more prosperous in recent years. Unemployment has reduced from over 26% in 1991 to scarcely 2% in 2008.
Newry is an excellent base from which to explore all the areas of County Down, providing a multitude of accommodation options, excellent restaurants, pubs and attractions.