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NEWCASTLE, a seaside resort of Co. Down, Ireland, finely situated on the western shore of Dundrum Bay, at the foot of Slieve Donard, the highest eminence of the Mourne Mountains. Pop. (Igor) 1553. It is the terminus of the Belfast and County Down railway, being 36 m. S. of Belfast; and is also served by a branch of the Great Northern railway. A fort guarded the passage of the river Shimna here in early times, but the town is entirely modern. The sandy shore affords good bathing, there is a small spa, and the scenery of the Mournes is fine. The demesnes of Donard Lodge and Bryansford are of great beauty. The golf links of the County Down Club here are well known.

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