Donaghcloney, or Donacloney is a village in Co.Down, – or Co. Armagh (depending on who you ask!). I should know, for I used to live there – back in 1986, for around six months.  Situated between Banbridge and Lurgan, and along the bank of the Lagan River, the village was built around the Irish Linen industry.  The old linen mill was still working when I lived there, but it’s closed now, and its site is being redeveloped for housing.

In Donacloney to visit a home there, I took a few minutes to make some photographs.


Main Street Donaghcloney – this image in burnt colours – and back in 1986 some of these houses were occupied by ladies known locally as ‘the geraniums’ because of their habit of sitting in the window so they could better watch who was going up and down the street!


The old mill at Banoge, on the Hall Road between Donaghcloney and Waringstown.