Lurgan (from Irish: An Lorgain, meaning “the long low ridge”) is a town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, near the southern shore of Lough Neagh. Lurgan is just about 18 miles (29 km) south-west of Belfast and is joined to the city by both the M1 motorway and the Belfast–Dublin railway line. It had a population of not quite 25,000 at the 2011 Census and is within the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon district. For some purposes, Lurgan is treated as ration of the “Craigavon Urban Area” along later than neighbouring Craigavon and Portadown.
Lurgan is characteristic of many Plantation of Ulster settlements, with its straight, wide planned streets. It is the site of a number of historic listed buildings including Brownlow House and the former town hall. Lurgan Park is the largest urban park in Northern Ireland.
Historically the town was known as a major middle for the production of textiles (mainly linen) after the industrial rebellion and it continued to be a major producer of textiles until that industry steadily declined in the late 20th century. The further of the ‘new city’ of Craigavon had a major impact upon Lurgan in the 1960s past much industry was attracted to the area. The proceed of Craigavon’s Rushmere Retail Park in the 2000s has affected the town’s retail trade further.