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Title: Lurgan
Post by: seafoid on March 02, 2017, 01:42:05 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains. But the Torygraph is the epitome of middle class smugness ....
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-desirable-places-live-uk/
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on March 02, 2017, 02:11:12 PM
a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains.


And these are a few of my favourite things....
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 02, 2017, 03:00:38 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains. But the Torygraph is the epitome of middle class smugness ....
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-desirable-places-live-uk/

 ::) ::)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: laoislad on March 02, 2017, 03:27:02 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains.
Would that not apply to pretty much everywhere up there?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: armaghniac on March 02, 2017, 03:45:26 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains.
Would that not apply to pretty much everywhere up there?

No. There are no trains in Tyrone.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 02, 2017, 03:49:33 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains.
Would that not apply to pretty much everywhere up there?

No. There are no trains in Tyrone.

If there were they could run them on the Red
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ziggysego on March 02, 2017, 03:56:44 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains.
Would that not apply to pretty much everywhere up there?

No. There are no trains in Tyrone.

If there were they could run them on the Red

Red, White and Choo-Choo.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 02, 2017, 04:00:54 PM
I have never been there but my impression of Lurgan gained from this site was that it is a cesspit, a kip, a home to cider drinking Armagh ASBOs and people who throw stones at trains. But the Torygraph is the epitome of middle class smugness ....
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-desirable-places-live-uk/

How very dare you!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: screenexile on March 02, 2017, 04:51:33 PM
If you're a roundabout there's no better place to be than Craigavon and Lurgan because there's a million of the b**tards!!!!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 02, 2017, 04:57:49 PM
In its favour:


Against:


It would do people the power of good to take more notice of the positive aspects of their town and doing something constructive about the negative, instead of griping about the negative and ignoring the positive. You could say just about any town is a "kip" if you looked hard enough for bad things.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 02, 2017, 04:59:18 PM
If you're a roundabout there's no better place to be than Craigavon and Lurgan because there's a million of the b**tards!!!!

My brother and his mates used to love taking the motorbikes out on weekends and ripping and tearing up and down the main Lurgan-Portadown road. No better place to practice getting your knee down on the road than on the roundabouts!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 03, 2017, 10:04:00 AM
2nd largest Park in Ireland only behind Phoenix Park in Dublin, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Tannagmore Gardens, 2 Golf courses, Ski slope and Kilwilkie ;)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Take Your Points on March 03, 2017, 10:15:04 AM
2nd largest Park in Ireland only behind Phoenix Park in Dublin, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Tannagmore Gardens, 2 Golf courses, Ski slope and Kilwilkie ;)

Any visitor to Lurgan can only get a true picture of the town by trying to travel down North Street and then around Kilwilkie. Or visit the only statue in the town to a greyhound.

The town has probably the worst traffic management of any town outside the greater Belfast area.  The two sets of railway gates closing multiple times throughout the day sets up queues in every direction as all traffic is halted until the train sets down and collects its passengers in the station.  It would be bad enough to close the gates as a train passes through but the station is beside the street and the road can be closed for quite a while each time.

Visitors should also be set the task of finding the invisible line across the middle of the town which strictly divides the Catholic and Protestant parts of the town.

An allegory of the town is the new bypass of the town centre which should have been opened months ago but had to be kept closed because they lost the plans to the services buried in the road and it couldn't be handed over for use until it was dug up again to map these services!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Harold Disgracey on March 03, 2017, 10:58:58 AM
Typical Trump getting things arse about face!

https://www.facebook.com/537640956446144/videos/589298744613698/
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on March 03, 2017, 11:06:29 AM
You see this site as well?  Pretty funny.  http://www.facebook.com/thelurganliar
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on March 03, 2017, 01:12:31 PM
Last Sunday I was reading the problem page in the Sunday World.

There was a letter from someone which was signed "Depressed, from Lurgan" and I thought well, yes, you would be if you live in Lurgan.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: nrico2006 on March 03, 2017, 01:19:22 PM
Lurgan is no worse than any other similarly sized town in Northern Ireland, which would all be rife with underage drinking etc. 

The train station craic is a joke, they close the barriers a lifetime before the train even approaches and as mentioned, they remain closed a lot of the time when they pass until passengers get off/on and the train returns beyond the barrier point. 

But it definitely is arguably the best place in the Country for parks etc for kids.  Lurgan Park, Oxford Island, Tannaghmore Gardens and the Lakes are all brilliant places to take the children.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 03, 2017, 02:13:37 PM
You need to know the right roads to avoid the railway lines ;). Anyway no railway lines in my part of the town and a 5 min walk to the GAA club...Class
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 03, 2017, 06:01:37 PM
You need to know the right roads to avoid the railway lines ;). Anyway no railway lines in my part of the town and a 5 min walk to the GAA club...Class
Shiny b**tard!

Lurgan is a great town in comparison to the likes of Portadown, Lisburn, Antrim etc. It's a sports mad town but I agree the traffic is a joke at times. The usual scumbags at weekends but no more than any other place. The best footballers come from just outside the town in Aghagallon.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 03, 2017, 06:11:41 PM
Lurgan renowned for Master Mc Grath and Tidsy Mc Kerr,not much else
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 03, 2017, 07:46:42 PM
Visitors should also be set the task of finding the invisible line across the middle of the town which strictly divides the Catholic and Protestant parts of the town.

The old public toilet block (long since demolished, thankfully) were just inside the Taig zone. Or so they say. I always thought of Wellworth's (now Heaton's) as the boundary myself.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 03, 2017, 07:56:41 PM
Lurgan renowned for Master Mc Grath and Tidsy Mc Kerr,not much else

The wikipedia page shows a list of notable people:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurgan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurgan)

Back when I had a lot of time on my hands I did a bit of research and got that article up to snuff and certified as a Good Article. Could use a bit of a cleanup since then.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 04, 2017, 12:10:50 AM
Lurgan and Portadown have been largely destroyed commercially the growth of Rushmere in central Craigavon.Have fond memories of good times in both towns
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 04, 2017, 03:02:53 AM
Rushmere's a monstrosity. No character, just acres of free parking while drivers in the towns have to pay for the car parks. Parking on the main street is free while parking in the (slightly) out-of-the-way car parks is paid, which is the opposite of what it should be. You'd think the more convenient parking would cost more. Mental.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 04, 2017, 07:08:44 AM
I remember the no warning bomb outside the old Celtic supporters club,in Edward St,which was fortunately spotted by a punter just in time,back in the mid 70s.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Avondhu star on March 04, 2017, 08:45:05 AM
Lurgan renowned for Master Mc Grath and Tidsy Mc Kerr,not much else
Don't forget Neil Lennon!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Avondhu star on March 04, 2017, 08:46:16 AM
You need to know the right roads to avoid the railway lines ;). Anyway no railway lines in my part of the town and a 5 min walk to the GAA club...Class
Shiny b**tard!

Lurgan is a great town in comparison to the likes of Portadown, Lisburn, Antrim etc. It's a sports mad town but I agree the traffic is a joke at times. The usual scumbags at weekends but no more than any other place. The best footballers come from just outside the town in Aghagallon.

Great compared to Portadown Lisburn etc.!!
Thats some recommendation
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 04, 2017, 08:52:39 AM
I remember the no warning bomb outside the old Celtic supporters club,in Edward St,which was fortunately spotted by a punter just in time,back in the mid 70s.

I once heard the story go that someone scored in the match, thus f*cking up someones bet.  Said fellow walked out of the bar in a huff/rage only to see a car parked right up at the front of the door, blocking it.  Everyone quickly escaped out the back before the bomb went off.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: michaelg on March 04, 2017, 08:53:50 AM
Do any or many Nationalists / Republicans support Glenavon?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 04, 2017, 08:58:08 AM
Do any or many Nationalists / Republicans support Glenavon?

i know a few who do but not many. i know a lot more who support either Lurgan Celtic or Cliftonville
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 04, 2017, 09:24:59 AM
You need to know the right roads to avoid the railway lines ;). Anyway no railway lines in my part of the town and a 5 min walk to the GAA club...Class
Shiny b**tard!

Lurgan is a great town in comparison to the likes of Portadown, Lisburn, Antrim etc. It's a sports mad town but I agree the traffic is a joke at times. The usual scumbags at weekends but no more than any other place. The best footballers come from just outside the town in Aghagallon.

Great compared to Portadown Lisburn etc.!!
Thats some recommendation

I know! But people are making it out that it is the biggest shit hole about when in fact it is no where near as bad as lots of places in the north.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tyroneman on March 04, 2017, 11:12:39 AM
Lurgan renowned for Master Mc Grath and Tidsy Mc Kerr,not much else

Strange such a die hard Armagh fan doesn't mention Diarmuid Marseden, or do members of the (only) senior all Ireland wining team not count these days?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 04, 2017, 11:15:16 AM
Lurgan renowned for Master Mc Grath and Tidsy Mc Kerr,not much else

Strange such a die hard Armagh fan doesn't mention Diarmuid Marseden, or do members of the (only) senior all Ireland wining team not count these days?

Or B O'Hagan
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Take Your Points on March 04, 2017, 11:27:29 AM
Or Colm McKinstry, Jimmy Smyth and close by Paddy Moriarty and Brian McAlinden to name a few.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: stiffler on March 04, 2017, 02:00:01 PM
Neil Lennon ?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 04, 2017, 02:28:06 PM
Er my tongue was slightly in cheek.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: armaghniac on March 04, 2017, 02:48:36 PM
Er my tongue was slightly in cheek.

Which makes a pleasant change from having your foot there.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Harold Disgracey on March 04, 2017, 04:22:49 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Take Your Points on March 04, 2017, 05:01:37 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: hardstation on March 04, 2017, 05:19:26 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Really? None? I find that hard to believe.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 04, 2017, 09:09:16 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Really? None? I find that hard to believe.

Most of them born in Armagh...lol (Craigavon Hospital). Tyrone don't have Hospitals (well no A&E and obviously Maternity)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: hardstation on March 04, 2017, 09:15:08 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Really? None? I find that hard to believe.

Most of them born in Armagh...lol (Craigavon Hospital). Tyrone don't have Hospitals (well no A&E and obviously Maternity)
Probably a pile born at home though. Or in a barn.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on March 05, 2017, 12:34:00 AM
Lurgan born and bred and I loved growing up in the place. I love getting home too. Yeah it has its problems - railway gates - but overall it's a great town. I have many many fabulous memories.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ONeill on March 05, 2017, 10:34:27 AM
Why's the ground always wet in Lurgan?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on March 05, 2017, 10:58:56 AM
Why has Lurgan two cycling clubs? Is one more leisurely than the other?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Take Your Points on March 05, 2017, 01:08:39 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Really? None? I find that hard to believe.

Most of them born in Armagh...lol (Craigavon Hospital). Tyrone don't have Hospitals (well no A&E and obviously Maternity)

Thanks to SF minister moving the only acute hospital and maternity unit to Enniskillen to buy votes in that constituency and now SWAH withers away due to lack of use (Tyrone children are born in Craigavon and Derry) and being unable to recruit consultants and doctors.  If you have any emergency they can't treat it but will patch you up and then send you to Belfast, Craigavon or Derry.  Most people now go direct to Craigavon or Altnagelvin, despite the SF failure to deliver the A5 to take you safely and quickly in either direction.  Thanks SF, it hasn't affected your vote in West Tyrone.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ziggysego on March 05, 2017, 04:43:55 PM
By some misfortune, I was born in Lurgan!

As bad as that was, a huge number of us of a particular age were born in Portadown in the Carleton Maternity Hospital on Church Street regardless of where our parents were living.

A bit like no children have been born in Tyrone for at least 15 years.
Really? None? I find that hard to believe.

Most of them born in Armagh...lol (Craigavon Hospital). Tyrone don't have Hospitals (well no A&E and obviously Maternity)
Probably a pile born at home though. Or in a barn.

Recently a wee one was born on the roadside in Tyrone, on the way to Derry

Smart move by the newborn I reckon.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 06, 2017, 04:48:58 AM
Why has Lurgan two cycling clubs? Is one more leisurely than the other?

Good old sporting rivalry. I was in Clann Eireann myself, they've never really gone away. Lurgan Road Club was a big force in the 80s, but I don't know if there's anything left of them now. Last I saw of it was a handful of the older fellas on the Sunday run. I think the Apollo crowd came from a split in the Road Club, last I heard they're still around. They got into mountain biking when it started getting popular in the 90s, and I think they recently started a youth MTB wing that rakes around the lakes in the evenings. Clann Eireann still going reasonably strong too. They were never into mountain biking when I was around, they were pure into the road racing. Always was a good healthy rivalry within the club during the Wednesday night 10 series and the Wednesday night handicapped road race series. The midweek races were good crack. Shorter than an open race, and the dynamics of the handicap always made it interesting.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on March 06, 2017, 01:17:10 PM
Pure shitehole of a place plain and simple😂😉
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 06, 2017, 03:40:44 PM
Pure shitehole of a place plain and simple😂😉

I agree with you BC, that top end of the town where all them Prods live is a pure shit hole...
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ziggysego on March 06, 2017, 06:49:28 PM
Never been there. So can't really comment.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: armaghniac on March 06, 2017, 07:23:03 PM
Never been there. So can't really comment.

This is GAABoard General Discussion, you don't have to know anything about the topic!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ziggysego on March 06, 2017, 09:13:56 PM
Never been there. So can't really comment.

This is GAABoard General Discussion, you don't have to know anything about the topic!

Noticed that from some of the contributions some have made in other topics. ;)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 06, 2017, 09:21:45 PM
Caffola's marshmallow and ice cream is unreal.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 06, 2017, 09:32:53 PM
I remember early on in my soccer career,with the famous Lurgan Inter,playing a hastily arranged friendly against what you might describe as a hastily put together team from Teghnevan in the mid 70s one Sunday.

The guy marking me asked the referee,the late Gabby Headley,how long was left.Gabby said "20 minutes" to which my marker said "Ah for f..k sake,the Forresters will be closed!" 😂😂😂😂
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on March 06, 2017, 11:32:00 PM
I remember early on in my soccer career,with the famous Lurgan Inter,playing a hastily arranged friendly against what you might describe as a hastily put together team from Teghnevan in the mid 70s one Sunday.

The guy marking me asked the referee,the late Gabby Headley,how long was left.Gabby said "20 minutes" to which my marker said "Ah for f..k sake,the Forresters will be closed!" 😂😂😂😂

Nah, he was more concerned about having to listen to another 20 minutes of incessant talk about Spurs, Celtic, Armagh, Tir Na nOg and free tickets lol.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: armaghniac on March 07, 2017, 12:29:41 AM
Even that might be tolerable, but the explanation of being "Northern" Irish would have been worse.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 07, 2017, 10:19:53 AM
I remember early on in my soccer career,with the famous Lurgan Inter,playing a hastily arranged friendly against what you might describe as a hastily put together team from Teghnevan in the mid 70s one Sunday.

The guy marking me asked the referee,the late Gabby Headley,how long was left.Gabby said "20 minutes" to which my marker said "Ah for f..k sake,the Forresters will be closed!" 😂😂😂😂

Surely the "Fosters" is never closed! (exception being between the hours of about 3am and 7am)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 07, 2017, 12:56:39 PM
Caffola's marshmallow and ice cream is unreal.
Big or the wee caffola's for ice cream? That's the big question!!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: johnneycool on March 07, 2017, 02:06:44 PM
Caffola's marshmallow and ice cream is unreal.
Big or the wee caffola's for ice cream? That's the big question!!

Worked down that part of the world for a while and lord, a decent chip was hard to come by.

The "Borger" Stop chips were a soapy mush and the albino lad, Paul who'd the van outside the primary schools were decent, but not great.

Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: nrico2006 on March 07, 2017, 02:16:04 PM
Caffola's marshmallow and ice cream is unreal.
Big or the wee caffola's for ice cream? That's the big question!!

Worked down that part of the world for a while and lord, a decent chip was hard to come by.

The "Borger" Stop chips were a soapy mush and the albino lad, Paul who'd the van outside the primary schools were decent, but not great.

I heard someone say there are good cafes in Lurgan but I would say the opposite was true.  There is the like of Caffola's and a few others that only really serve chip based meals, and none of them are great.  No real cafes where you can get nice stew, lasagnes, Spaghetti Bolognese etc.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Iceman on March 07, 2017, 02:30:57 PM
don't forget the thai sweet chilli chicken!! any good spot has to have it lol
good food in lurgan..... I've heard it all!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 07, 2017, 04:06:08 PM
Caffola's marshmallow and ice cream is unreal.
Big or the wee caffola's for ice cream? That's the big question!!

I'm a wee caffola's man myself but wouldnt be disappointed with either
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on March 07, 2017, 04:09:26 PM
Tell ye what lads, not too many other towns have a dedicated thread on the GAA Board.

I'm taking that as a compliment!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 07, 2017, 05:11:46 PM
I heard someone say there are good cafes in Lurgan but I would say the opposite was true.  There is the like of Caffola's and a few others that only really serve chip based meals, and none of them are great.  No real cafes where you can get nice stew, lasagnes, Spaghetti Bolognese etc.

Palomo's cafe is a good spot.

Remember the Cosy Corner eating house that Francie McAlinden used to run? Later he got into the funeral business. They reckon he should have called it "cosy coffins!"
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 07, 2017, 07:35:43 PM
I heard someone say there are good cafes in Lurgan but I would say the opposite was true.  There is the like of Caffola's and a few others that only really serve chip based meals, and none of them are great.  No real cafes where you can get nice stew, lasagnes, Spaghetti Bolognese etc.

Palomo's cafe is a good spot.

Remember the Cosy Corner eating house that Francie McAlinden used to run? Later he got into the funeral business. They reckon he should have called it "cosy coffins!"

Cafe vibe and unch aren't too bad either. The new place Cajan is quite good too if you're looking for something healthy. Someone said there are no good chippys, try smugglers! Very nice and good portions. I've never really tried any of the food places in the other end of town sort from maloneys.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: LurganHoop on March 08, 2017, 08:36:59 AM
Lurgan has plenty of nice cafes if you are after a decent breakfast, lunch or just a coffee - I am thinking of the likes of Palomo, Vibe, Kitchen, Coopers, New Haven to name a few. Also there are a few good spots for a Sunday lunch like The Cellar, Vintage, Woodville and the Gold Club all of which are quite reasonable. What is missing is a good restaurant for an evening meal - there area few close by in Moira and Portadown has Zio's which is second to none, so there might not be enough of a market to keep a good restaurant unfortunately. Being so close to Belfast may not help either.

For all the negative press Lurgan gets, I think it's a great town! Obviously there is an issue with public drunkenness late in the weekend - but what town in Ireland doesn't? I don't go out as often as I used to but it was unusual to see any fighting in Lurgan on a night out - this might have changed now. Would always have been more chance of trouble in the likes of Newry & Cookstown - probably because there would have been buses from other towns. When you mix a load of young fellas from different towns in the one place there can always be trouble so that is in no way a criticism of Cookstown & Newry!

The good points about the town i.e. the abundance of GAA & other sporting activities available are well covered here. Lurgan Park is second to none also.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: T Fearon on March 08, 2017, 09:39:29 AM
Visited the Lord Lurgan Park last Sunday around lunchtime to reminisce about football playing days.Cop car in side street where I parked,and a second one joined it.Walked up into the park,wer bald man walking a greyhound says to me "is that the cops down there?" That sums Lurgan upJust not normal!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Take Your Points on March 08, 2017, 09:46:23 AM
What about the Silverwood Hotel? Anyone remember it?

Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 08, 2017, 09:55:15 AM
What about the Silverwood Hotel? Anyone remember it?

do surely. late night pints after the Ashburn
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on March 08, 2017, 11:00:07 AM
Topaz nite club.

I remember getting a big carry-out there one night but they'd no carrier bags to put it in so I told them to just pour it into two buckets.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: nrico2006 on March 08, 2017, 11:07:41 AM
Lurgan has plenty of nice cafes if you are after a decent breakfast, lunch or just a coffee - I am thinking of the likes of Palomo, Vibe, Kitchen, Coopers, New Haven to name a few. Also there are a few good spots for a Sunday lunch like The Cellar, Vintage, Woodville and the Gold Club all of which are quite reasonable. What is missing is a good restaurant for an evening meal - there area few close by in Moira and Portadown has Zio's which is second to none, so there might not be enough of a market to keep a good restaurant unfortunately. Being so close to Belfast may not help either.

For all the negative press Lurgan gets, I think it's a great town! Obviously there is an issue with public drunkenness late in the weekend - but what town in Ireland doesn't? I don't go out as often as I used to but it was unusual to see any fighting in Lurgan on a night out - this might have changed now. Would always have been more chance of trouble in the likes of Newry & Cookstown - probably because there would have been buses from other towns. When you mix a load of young fellas from different towns in the one place there can always be trouble so that is in no way a criticism of Cookstown & Newry!

The good points about the town i.e. the abundance of GAA & other sporting activities available are well covered here. Lurgan Park is second to none also.

The one thing that is different in Lurgan on a night out is the lack of fights.  In Strabane, Derry or Letterkenny all that you see on anight iout are fights in pubs/clubs and outside too.  Lurgan is great in comparison.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 08, 2017, 11:18:10 AM
So there you have it...Lurgan is top notch ;)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 08, 2017, 05:04:16 PM
Topaz nite club.

I remember getting a big carry-out there one night but they'd no carrier bags to put it in so I told them to just pour it into two buckets.

It was the divil's job getting home from that place. People would get fed up with the lack of taxis and abuse the taxi drivers that did show up. So the taxi drivers hated going to the place. We just walked up the town for taxis when we were done. They even put a bus on at one point but I'd hate to be the man driving it.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Don Johnson on March 10, 2017, 01:45:25 PM
I heard someone say there are good cafes in Lurgan but I would say the opposite was true.  There is the like of Caffola's and a few others that only really serve chip based meals, and none of them are great.  No real cafes where you can get nice stew, lasagnes, Spaghetti Bolognese etc.

Palomo's cafe is a good spot.

Remember the Cosy Corner eating house that Francie McAlinden used to run? Later he got into the funeral business. They reckon he should have called it "cosy coffins!"

Cafe vibe and unch aren't too bad either. The new place Cajan is quite good too if you're looking for something healthy. Someone said there are no good chippys, try smugglers! Very nice and good portions. I've never really tried any of the food places in the other end of town sort from maloneys.

Unch is closed now. Kitchen is the best spot now in the town for feeds.

As for the ice cream, it is definitely the wee Cafollas. Wee Cafollas is better than the big for everything in fact, and the prices reflect that.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 10, 2017, 03:51:03 PM
You would be a bit of a local celebrity about town Don!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Don Johnson on March 10, 2017, 08:11:36 PM
Locka locka loo.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: seafoid on March 22, 2017, 01:25:36 PM
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/shop-takes-2000-orders-for-buckfast-easter-egg-package-1-7879070
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on March 22, 2017, 04:21:09 PM
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/shop-takes-2000-orders-for-buckfast-easter-egg-package-1-7879070

Yes we take our Buckfast very seriously.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on March 22, 2017, 04:22:55 PM
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/shop-takes-2000-orders-for-buckfast-easter-egg-package-1-7879070

Yes we take our Buckfast very seriously.

And yez wonder why ye haven't won a championship in years?😂
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: ardchieftain on March 22, 2017, 07:23:21 PM
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/shop-takes-2000-orders-for-buckfast-easter-egg-package-1-7879070

Yes we take our Buckfast very seriously.

And yez wonder why ye haven't won a championship in years?😂

Bucky was/is taken just as seriously in Armagh. Didn't stop the Ogs winning a championship!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on March 22, 2017, 08:00:30 PM
Interesting fact: there's a place beside Lurgan called the Munchies.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Donagh on March 22, 2017, 08:47:54 PM
Interesting fact: there's a place beside Lurgan called the Munchies.

Spelt Montiaghs though.

On the Bucky, Derek is going to have some bother when his 2000 punters realise there's not actually any in the Easter egg.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Rois on March 22, 2017, 08:50:55 PM
 I phoned an estate agent to enquire about a property in Lurgan...I'm actually considering moving to this fine place!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 22, 2017, 11:00:37 PM
I phoned an estate agent to enquire about a property in Lurgan...I'm actually considering moving to this fine place!

Just go out the road a couple of mile to Aghagallon.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: armaghniac on March 23, 2017, 12:09:47 AM
I phoned an estate agent to enquire about a property in Lurgan...I'm actually considering moving to this fine place!

It would be a change for you to live in a proper footballing county.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 23, 2017, 09:43:20 AM
I phoned an estate agent to enquire about a property in Lurgan...I'm actually considering moving to this fine place!

Just go out the road a couple of mile to Aghagallon.

And when you get there and smell the silage just turn 180 degrees and drive straight back into Lurgan ;)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on March 23, 2017, 01:29:56 PM
I phoned an estate agent to enquire about a property in Lurgan...I'm actually considering moving to this fine place!

Just go out the road a couple of mile to Aghagallon.

And when you get there and smell the silage just turn 180 degrees and drive straight back into Lurgan ;)

Typical townie.

Silage smells lovely. However slurry can be an issue, especially chicken or pig slurry.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 24, 2017, 04:07:18 PM
Interesting fact: there's a place beside Lurgan called the Munchies.

Spelt Montiaghs though.


I'm from there myself.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 24, 2017, 07:17:30 PM
Interesting fact: there's a place beside Lurgan called the Munchies.

Spelt Montiaghs though.


I'm from there myself.

Aghagallon?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Aaron Boone on March 24, 2017, 10:15:44 PM
One of the dancers on RTE's 'Dancing With The Stars' final on Sunday is from Lurgan. Ryan McShane if know him.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 24, 2017, 10:37:15 PM
Aghagallon?

Derryadd
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on March 24, 2017, 10:54:27 PM
Correct me if i'm wrong but if you're from one of the 7 Derry's then you're officially a Munchie...

Derrymacash
Derrytrasna
Derryadd
Derrymore
Derrycrowe

Whats the other 2...can't remember...Is Derryloiste one?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: hardstation on March 24, 2017, 11:01:24 PM
Londonderrymacash
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lawnseed on March 24, 2017, 11:28:12 PM
Two towns really. Nationalist bit and unionist bit. I did a fair bit of work about it, both halves, the funny thing is both bits a full of decent friendly people that is toward outsiders. it's just other lurgan folk they dislike.
Out of ten I'd give it 8. I like it.

Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 25, 2017, 12:05:42 AM
Correct me if i'm wrong but if you're from one of the 7 Derry's then you're officially a Munchie...

Derrymacash
Derrytrasna
Derryadd
Derrymore
Derrycrowe

Whats the other 2...can't remember...Is Derryloiste one?
Derrycor.

Derryloiste would probably be one, but I think most people just call that area Kinnego.

Derrymore's out Aghagallon/Aghalee way.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on March 25, 2017, 05:27:40 AM
Correct me if i'm wrong but if you're from one of the 7 Derry's then you're officially a Munchie...

Derrymacash
Derrytrasna
Derryadd
Derrymore
Derrycrowe

Whats the other 2...can't remember...Is Derryloiste one?

Aghagallon has seven derrys. Derrymore, Derryhirk etc. Stiffler or G's man will name the rest. It's too early for me to think of them all.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: seafoid on March 25, 2017, 07:56:42 AM
Correct me if i'm wrong but if you're from one of the 7 Derry's then you're officially a Munchie...

Derrymacash
Derrytrasna
Derryadd
Derrymore
Derrycrowe

Whats the other 2...can't remember...Is Derryloiste one?

Aghagallon has seven derrys. Derrymore, Derryhirk etc. Stiffler or G's man will name the rest. It's too early for me to think of them all.
Did the planters cut down all the trees?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 27, 2017, 01:35:17 PM
What an insult for the people of Derrymacash!

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mistaken-identity-as-co-armagh-village-renamed-in-council-gaffe-35658481.html (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mistaken-identity-as-co-armagh-village-renamed-in-council-gaffe-35658481.html)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on April 27, 2017, 03:38:12 PM
We'll be getting out our Three Pronged Revolver again for the Derrymacash ones..........

An incident that took place in Aghagallon in 1790 became known as "The Battle of Annaghdroghal Bridge". A group of Protestant men from the nearby village of Waringstown, accompanied by flute and drum and under the command of Colonel Sharp, marched from Waringstown at the request of Lord Waring to plough and prepare a field in Aghagallon for a friend and fellow English landowner and Orangeman. Their journey from Waringstown to Aghagallon was a controversial one, with several incidents occurring along the way in the town of Lurgan.

As Col. Sharp and his men reached the Annaghdroghal Bridge just east of Aghagallon they were met by local men who refused them passage. A fight incurred and the Battle of Annaghdroghal began. Col. Sharp led his men in the first attack and was fatally wounded by "The Darkie" McStravick, receiving a chest wound from a three pronged muck fork. McStravick fled the scene and dumped the fork (The Three Pronged Revolver) down a dry well at Derryclone. The fork was retrieved around 1890 from the well and was presented to a local museum by Phelim McStravick in 2008
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on April 27, 2017, 03:41:33 PM
"Aghacommon"...Cough cough ;)
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on April 27, 2017, 03:49:23 PM
Pedantic Pat!
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on April 27, 2017, 04:01:03 PM
Pedantic Pat!
Christie :D
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: The Gs Man on April 27, 2017, 04:27:30 PM
Big Pat and the Pedantic Dew
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: lurganblue on February 13, 2018, 11:53:39 AM
See the town made the headlines again yesterday after a mighty hullabaloo at the graveyard. Reports of 4 people stabbed and the air ambulance on the scene.  Somehow only one person arrested. This could easily be in the WTF thread. No respect even at funerals these days.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: paddyjohn on February 13, 2018, 12:08:43 PM
See the town made the headlines again yesterday after a mighty hullabaloo at the graveyard. Reports of 4 people stabbed and the air ambulance on the scene.  Somehow only one person arrested. This could easily be in the WTF thread. No respect even at funerals these days.

Who was getting buried?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on February 13, 2018, 12:23:00 PM
See the town made the headlines again yesterday after a mighty hullabaloo at the graveyard. Reports of 4 people stabbed and the air ambulance on the scene.  Somehow only one person arrested. This could easily be in the WTF thread. No respect even at funerals these days.

fun and games at these funerals
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Minder on February 13, 2018, 12:27:36 PM
Take it this was the gypos?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on February 13, 2018, 12:29:11 PM
Take it this was the gypos?

it was indeed
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Rossfan on February 13, 2018, 12:34:58 PM
Just culture then.
Would there be a grant available?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: BennyCake on February 13, 2018, 02:58:43 PM
As long as they're taking each other out...
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Orior on February 13, 2018, 03:53:53 PM
Funerals are great. You get to see relations that you haven't seen for ages. After the initial "sorry for your trouble" you can relax and have a laugh about the good old days.


Funerals are terrible. Besides the fact that someone died, you have to spend time with relations that you'd rather not spend time with.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: north_antrim_hound on February 13, 2018, 04:29:00 PM
Take it this was the gypos?

it was indeed

Maybe his will said ďlast man standing gets all my stuff ď
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on February 13, 2018, 07:21:11 PM
Bad gets
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on February 14, 2018, 09:27:06 AM
Take it this was the gypos?

it was indeed

Maybe his will said ďlast man standing gets all my stuff ď

it was a woman was buried
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 01, 2018, 04:41:04 AM
What's with the ruckus today with the PSNI at that republican parade? I saw video of it but didn't see what happened in the lead-up to it. Seems like the cops were well prepared for trouble. The sources I have said the cops "ambushed" the parade (organised by Republican Sinn Fein) and started the trouble. Does anyone have any inside info?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: bennydorano on April 01, 2018, 07:49:40 AM
Looked like the Police had 'this is an illegal parade' sign draped over a Landrover.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on April 01, 2018, 08:07:25 AM
What's with the ruckus today with the PSNI at that republican parade? I saw video of it but didn't see what happened in the lead-up to it. Seems like the cops were well prepared for trouble. The sources I have said the cops "ambushed" the parade (organised by Republican Sinn Fein) and started the trouble. Does anyone have any inside info?

Carla Lockhart kicked up a massive fuss about he one last year so the cops were probably well briefed on it. They did look to go in heavy handed
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: general_lee on April 01, 2018, 11:35:00 AM
They flattened a pensioner in the process. Look forward to PSNI Craigavonís cheerful take on it on Facebook...
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on April 01, 2018, 11:37:10 AM
They flattened a pensioner in the process. Look forward to PSNI Craigavonís cheerful take on it on Facebook...

Did you see the video?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: JimStynes on April 01, 2018, 11:56:07 AM
Police had no need to get involved by the looks of it. The parade would have been over and one with in an hour and home with the need for all that carryon. But at the same time I wouldn't have much time for the people involved in the parade. The vast majority of them wouldn't exactly be the pillars of society.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: imtommygunn on April 01, 2018, 12:17:13 PM
What's with the ruckus today with the PSNI at that republican parade? I saw video of it but didn't see what happened in the lead-up to it. Seems like the cops were well prepared for trouble. The sources I have said the cops "ambushed" the parade (organised by Republican Sinn Fein) and started the trouble. Does anyone have any inside info?

Carla Lockhart kicked up a massive fuss about he one last year so the cops were probably well briefed on it. They did look to go in heavy handed

She seems like a piece of work.
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: general_lee on April 01, 2018, 12:45:38 PM
They flattened a pensioner in the process. Look forward to PSNI Craigavonís cheerful take on it on Facebook...

Did you see the video?
Iíve seen a few videos. They had two unmarked minibuses full of cops as well as a pile of landrovers.
Iím no support of RSF but they definitely could have dealt with it better. Next year will be a bundle of laughs, or maybe they didnít think that far ahead
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: nrico2006 on April 01, 2018, 12:57:13 PM
Saw a video of the police landing in, no need. Plenty of marches coming up that break the rules too yet you never see this carry-on.  Also saw the videos of the marching and never saw anything as embarassing either. Are the sunglasses compulsary even if there isnt a hint of anything but dark clouds?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: tonto1888 on April 01, 2018, 02:40:41 PM
They flattened a pensioner in the process. Look forward to PSNI Craigavonís cheerful take on it on Facebook...

Did you see the video?
Iíve seen a few videos. They had two unmarked minibuses full of cops as well as a pile of landrovers.
Iím no support of RSF but they definitely could have dealt with it better. Next year will be a bundle of laughs, or maybe they didnít think that far ahead

I agree with ye. I didnít think the woman got knocked over by a cop tho. Thought she tripped
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Avondhu star on April 01, 2018, 07:48:43 PM
Saw a video of the police landing in, no need. Plenty of marches coming up that break the rules too yet you never see this carry-on.  Also saw the videos of the marching and never saw anything as embarassing either. Are the sunglasses compulsary even if there isnt a hint of anything but dark clouds?
Anyone under 18 stone or over 5 ft need not apply for the colour party
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 01, 2018, 08:29:29 PM
They flattened a pensioner in the process. Look forward to PSNI Craigavonís cheerful take on it on Facebook...

Will the #Ibelieveshewasknockedover crowd start a proper protest all over the country?
Title: Re: Lurgan
Post by: illdecide on April 01, 2018, 09:39:09 PM
6 from the 7 arrested were not from Lurgan ::)