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Situated in County Down in Northern Ireland on the banks of the River Clanrye, the city of Newry is one of the oldest towns in the province, originally springing up around a Cistercian abbey in the twelfth century.

Historically Newry was a garrison town and port, being linked to the giant Lough Neagh by many miles of canal, but it is its position halfway between the Northern Irish capital Belfast and capital city of The Irish Republic Dublin that made it an important trading centre.

This fact is still in evidence to this day as Newry is one of the region's premium retail centres, with many large shopping centres and a myriad of smaller establishments attracting shoppers from both sides of the border year-round.

The city is home to many beautiful churches as well as Newry's stunning cathedral, which was designed by local architect Thomas Duff, who is credited with a number of Ireland's finest ecclesiastical buildings.

Read more about Newry in the About Newry section.