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Lisburn (Lios na gCearrbhach in Irish) is a city in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, with a population of about 110,000. The town is predominantly unionist, but has a number of nationalist communities.

It was made a city in 2002 as was Newry, as part of the Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations. The city is a popular shopping centre, with a wide range of retail outlets both in the city centre and in the out-of-town Sprucefield and Sprucefield Park centres. Also in the town centre is the Linen Museum, which is free to enter and has highly informative displays about the history of the linen industry (which was a key industry in the history of Northern Ireland).

Lisburn is home to many important political, civil and military bodies with associated infrastructure. Down Lisburn Trust, one of the largest of Northern Ireland's Health and Social Services trusts, is based in the city as is its Lagan Valley Hospital. Thiepval Barracks is the headquarters of the British Army in Northern Ireland and the City's police station is the headquarters of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Belfast Region.

Negotiations preceding the American War of Independence between Ben Franklin and Lord Hillsborough took place at the parish of Hillsborough in Lisburn.

It contains the headquarters of Lisburn City Council. In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is split between the Lagan Valley constituency and the West Belfast constituency.

See also: List of towns in Northern Ireland

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