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Coordinates: 54°24′52″N 6°08′57″W / 54.4145°N 6.1491°W / 54.4145; -6.1491

Dromore
Irish: Droim Mór
Dromore is located in Northern Ireland
Dromore

 Dromore shown within Northern Ireland
Population 4,968 (2001)
Irish grid reference J201533
    - Belfast  19 miles 
District Banbridge District
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DROMORE
Postcode district BT25
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Lagan Valley
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland • Down

Dromore (from the Irish: Droim Mór meaning "large ridge") is a small market town in the Lagan Valley, in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies 19 miles south-west of Belfast, on the A1 Belfast to Dublin road. It had a population of 4,968 people in the 2001 Census. The town is in the Banbridge District Council area.

The town's centre is Market Square, which has a rare set of stocks. It is in the linen manufacturing district. Remains of a castle and earthworks are to be seen, together with a large ráth or encampment known as the Priest's Mount, on the Maypole Hill.

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History

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The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Dromore (Down), which includes a list of incidents in Dromore during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

Today

Market Square, Dromore, before the redevelopment of the town hall grounds.

The Dromore Town Centre Development Plan, published in July 2003, outlines that of the 190 units within Dromore Town Centre, over one quarter are vacant. This is despite the recent population growth in the town; a result of the proximity to the A1 and resultant commuting access to Belfast. The green-field development in recent years has mostly been around the edges of the town, and the doughnut effect has led to these houses being disconnected from the town centre. The population of Dromore tends to travel to nearby Banbridge or Sprucefield to shop, which has caused the high levels of obvious dereliction. Despite this, the fast-food trade is booming in the town centre, with no less than six fast-food outlets in the Market Square and Bridge Street area.

The plan highlights the under use of the River Lagan as a resource in the town, as well as the poorly used public space around the Town Hall in the Market Square. The square's 18th Century layout is protected, however is identified as a traffic problem, which is exacerbated by poor parking provision and enforcement of parking restrictions. The introduction of privatised NCP Parking Attendants in Northern Ireland has helped to relieve this particular problem, although in the evenings and at peak times, regularity in the style of parking is often non-existent. A pelican crossing has been introduced into the centre of the town (in 2009) between the inside and outside of the square, bringing centuries of crossing the road at one's own risk to an end.

In 2008, the area surrounding the Town Hall was cleared in order to facilitate the construction of leisure space. The project was completed in six months and now has benches and pathways in place of a cramped car park. The general aesthetics of the site have also been improved.

Demographics

Dromore is classified as a small town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 4,968 people living in Dromore. Of these:

  • 23.9% were aged under 16 years and 17.5% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.2% of the population were male and 51.8% were female
  • 13.0% were from a Catholic background and 83.4% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.5% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

Transport and Communications

Dromore is well served by the Translink Goldline Express bus service 238, running between Belfast and Newry. Translink Ulsterbus service 38 links the town with Belfast, Banbridge and Lisburn (which the 238 express bypasses). However the 38 can stop at all urban and rural bus stops, adding roughly an extra thirty minutes to the Belfast bound journey.

Dromara Road at Ballysallagh, facing Kinallen and Dromara.

Local residents enjoy short journey times to Belfast (approximately 25-30 minutes off-peak), Lisburn and Banbridge due to the high-quality A1/M1 expressways. Belfast International Airport is around 40 minutes away using the A26 (Moira-Antrim road) while Dublin Airport is around 80 to 90 minutes away using the A1/M1.

The area is also linked with Craigavon (in particular Lurgan) and Ballynahinch, with the B2 Lurgan Road and B2 Ballynahinch Road respectively. Surrounding villages, such as Kinallen, Dromara and Donaghcloney, are served by unclassified rural routes.

Presently, a grade separated junction featuring an underpass, is being constructed at the junction of the B2 Banbridge Road, A1 dual-carriageway and Rowantree Road. It is one of four junctions being grade separated along the route as part of £30 million of safety improvements.[1]. It follows the successful construction of a similar style junction at the B2 Hillsborough Road/A1 junction on the northern end of the town.

For the main article, see Lisburn telephone exchange code

The town's (and the province's) official area code is 028 (048 from the Republic of Ireland). All local BT numbers begin with '9269' ('92' being the code for Lisburn and its surrounding towns). Therefore local numbers usually appear as (028) 9269 xxxx. Prior to the introduction of province-wide 8-digit dialling, Dromore was covered by the Lisburn '01846' area code and it is still not uncommon to hear details quoted with the old 6-digit local number (69xxxx) and the area code being said incorrectly as '02892'.

Townlands

Like the rest of Ireland, the Dromore area is split into a number of townlands (bailte fearainn), whose names are derived from the Irish language. Dromore sprang up on the banks of the River Lagan, which marked the boundary between a number of these townlands.

Today, the urban area extends into the following townlands:

  • Balleny
  • Ballymacormick
  • Ballymaganlis
  • Ballyvicknacally
  • Drumbroneth
  • Lurganbane

People

Past and present famous residents include:

Education

Sport

Despite the town's small population, Dromore has a multitude of sport teams and venues.

The two most prominent sports in the town are football and rugby union, with hockey, lawn bowls and athletics having some popularity also.

Football

The town has one senior football team, Dromore Amateurs, who compete in a regional league.

Dromore also has its very own Grassroots Football set-up, Dromore Amateurs Youth Football Club which coaches kids from all over the Banbridge district. Having only recently formed in 2005/06 the Club has continued to grow from strength to strength and the Club now cater for an impressive 200 kids from ages 7 to 14.

The Club currently runs 6 youth teams. For the 2008/09 season they had teams from the Under 9s & Under 10s playing in the Mid Ulster Mini Soccer League. There are also four teams in the Mid Ulster Youth League, one at Under 12s, one at Under 13s and two at Under 14s level. The club is also affiliated to the Northern Ireland Boys Football Association and enters teams into the N.I.B.F.A. Cup.

Football is also very popular as a social sport, with many groups playing on a daily basis at one of the several municipal pitches.

Rugby

Rugby union is represented through Dromore Rugby Football Club, who have had some success in recent years. Mark Gamble is the clubs only International representative, although speculation of a move to Banbridge RFC is rising.

Facilities

The major sporting locations in the town are Ferris Park, named after local Olympian Sam Ferris, and Dromore Leisure Centre, which offers both indoor and outdoor pitches, as well as a gymnasium. Both are maintained by Banbridge District Council.

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Simple English

There are also other places called Dromore

Dromore is a small town in Northern Ireland. There are around 5000 people living in the town. It is in County Down and in the Banbridge District. Dromore is 20 miles to the south of Belfast and 86 miles north ofDublin. Some towns near Dromore are Banbridge, Lurgan and Lisburn.


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