Newry from the Irish: Iúr Cinn Trá meaning “yew at the strand’s head” –is a city in Northern Ireland, 6k from the Irish southern border. The city has a population of 28,000 approx .It was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest towns.
It grew as a market town and a garrison and became a port in 1742 when it was linked to Lough Neagh by the first summit-level canal in Britain or Ireland. It is the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland.
It is situated at the head of Carlingford Lough, surrounded by mountains on all sides – the Mournes to the east and Slieve Gullion to the west. The area has been a centre of population since prehistoric times when it became established as ‘The Gap of the North’, the main route between the south and the north of Ireland. There is much to offer the visitor, whether your tastes are for historic sites rich in tradition and folklore, breathtaking mountain walks and scenery, outdoor sports on land or water, markets, and some of the best shopping in all of Northern Ireland.