Place:Craigavon, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

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NameCraigavon
Alt namesCreag Abhannsource: Wikipedia
TypeTown
Coordinates54.467°N 6.417°W
Located inCounty Armagh, Northern Ireland
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Craigavon is a settlement in north County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It was a planned settlement that was begun in 1965 and named after Northern Ireland's first Prime Minister — James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon. It was intended to be the heart of a new linear city incorporating Lurgan and Portadown, but this plan mostly failed and less than half of the proposed work was finished. Among locals today, "Craigavon" refers to the area between the two towns. It is built beside an artificial lake and is made up of two parts: a large residential area, and a smaller central area that includes a substantial shopping centre, a courthouse and the Craigavon Borough Council headquarters.

Craigavon sometimes refers to the much larger Craigavon Urban Area, which includes Craigavon, Lurgan, Portadown, Waringstown and Bleary and has a population of 65,000.

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