|Irish: Mullach a' Bhile
Mullavilly parish church
Laurelvale shown within Northern Ireland
|Irish grid reference|
|- Belfast||25.5 mi (41.0 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||028, +44 28|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||Newry & Armagh|
|NI Assembly||Newry & Armagh|
Laurelvale is a village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It was once two settlements but they have since merged. The village is 3 miles south of Portadown and 1.5 miles northwest of Tandragee. In the 2001 Census Laurelvale had a population of 1,258.
The village covers the townlands of Mullavilly (from Irish: Mullach a' Bhile) and Tamnaghvelton (formerly Tawnavalteny, from Irish: Tamhnaigh Bhealtaine, meaning "Bealtaine field"). Laurelvale was the name of a mansion that was built in the 19th Century.
Laurelvale was founded in the 1850s by Thomas Sinton JP (1826–1887) to house the workers in his linen mill of Thomas Sinton & Co. Ltd, which was in the village. At its height, Sintons' Mill had over 1000 workers. The mill has since been demolished. The company remained in family ownership until 1945 when it was taken over by the Ministry of Defence and operated by Hoffmans (who made ball bearings for gun turrets). The Sinton family also ran mills and bleach-works in Tandragee, Killyleagh, Tullylish and at Ravarnet outside Hillsborough, County Down.
Thomas Sinton also built a large house in the village, Laurelvale House, which, following the Second World War, was the home of Michael Torrens-Spence, Lord Lieutenant of County Armagh. Laurelvale House has since been demolished to make way for housing development.
- Mullavilly Primary School
- Mullavilly Parish Church
- St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (Laurelvale)
Mullavilly-Laurelvale is classified as a village by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,258 people living in Mullavilly-Laurelvale. Of these:
- 25.0% were aged under 16 years and 12.7% were aged 60 and over
- 49.5% of the population were male and 50.5% were female
- 9.2% were from a Catholic background and 90.8% were from a Protestant background
- 2.1% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Laurelvale Football Club
- Laurelvale Northern Ireland Supporters Club
- Geneaology of Thomas Sinton
- Headstone Inscriptions at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church