Why Crossmaglen? Why South Armagh?

Crossmaglen and South Armagh are in an ideal location for those wishing to live not too far from the madding crowd. Junction 17 of the M1 Motorway at Dundalk is about 10 minutes from Crossmaglen leaving both Dublin and Belfast less than 1 hour away.

What has the area got to offer you and your family?

Here is by no means an exhaustive list of facilities and attractions in or near Crossmaglen. Most of these are replicated throughout South Armagh.


The children of the area are well served by the local primary schools including an Irish Medium Unit. St. Joseph's High School in Crossmaglen has consistently produced excellent results at exam time. There is also a bus service to other second level schools in the Newry area.


There are several approved childcare providers in Crossmaglen offering excellent facilities.


Several G.P. practices, Chemists as well as a Dentist, Optician and Chiropodist provide great care and attention to those who require it.


Whether it is your weekly shop or last minute items, the local shops / supermarkets have a great range of products. For those looking for fashion or something with a sparkle to it, your needs are catered for too.

Butchers, Bakeries, Sportswear, Hardware, Building, Farm and Electrical Supplies, Home Furnishings, Hair and Beauty are all here as well. Check out the range of party supplies available in Crossmaglen!

Food & Drink

There are a number of local pubs and food outlets which serve up a wide range of drink and dining experiences. On certain nights, some of the pubs have musical entertainment.

The Cross Square Hotel has all of the above as well as a room for the night and breakfast in the morning! If you're planning a get-together at home, we have a selection of Caterers in Crossmaglen who will look after you.


Whether it's GAA, Equestrian, Golf or Fishing, you are in the right place.

There are several GAA clubs in the area including record breaking and record making Crossmaglen Rangers which has teams at all levels starting with Under 6 right up to Senior.

Kernan Equestrian Centre is run by former Aga Khan Trophy winner and Olympian, James Kernan, within walking distance of Crossmaglen's Cardinal O'Fiaich Square.

Golfing enthusiasts can test their skills on several golf courses not far from Crossmaglen including Ashfield, Cloverhill, and Concra Wood which was designed by two of Ireland's Golfing legends - Christy O'Connor Senior and Junior.

Those whose idea of peace and tranquillity is by the shore of a lake fishing will find no fault in the many angling venues of South Armagh.

Youth Clubs

If the above activities are not for your children then the many Youth Clubs of the area provide a suitable alternative outlet for their energy.


Walking - a number of the local GAA clubs have a walking track if you don't want to be out on the road. If you do, the scenery, if not the walking, will take your breath away! (Poet's Glen, Corliss Fort, Camlough Lake, Lough Ross, etc.)

Visit the Ring of Gullion website at www.ringofgullion.org to get excellent, up-to-date information of the area's rich history as well as up-coming activities and events. The Slieve Gullion Forest Park Giant's Lair and Adventure Playpark is a wonderful recreational facility for the area and attracts large numbers throughout the year.

Financial / Legal

Crossmaglen has a branch of the Bank of Ireland along with a new "State of the Art" building for its Credit Union. The Post Office is now located within the Centra Supermarket offering extended hours of business.

Accountancy and Legal Services are also well covered. See our Financial Services section here for the range of products offered by Ashtree Financial Services.

Financial Services

Emergency Services

There is a Fire Station in Crossmaglen which provides a wide area with emergency cover when needed. Crossmaglen & District First Responders, established in 2015, are available to assist in emergency cases, directly linked to 999 service.


There are many Churches in the area which cater for those with Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian beliefs.

This just gives you a flavour of what Crossmaglen and South Armagh has to offer - so pay us a visit and you could be changing that: "Why Crossmaglen?, Why South Armagh?" into "Why not Crossmaglen?, Why not South Armagh?"