Annahilt

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Coordinates: 54°26′15″N 6°00′07″W / 54.43763°N 6.00197°W / 54.43763; -6.00197

Anahilt
Irish: Eanach Eilte
Church of the Ascension, Anahilt - geograph.org.uk - 64758.jpg
Church of the Ascension, Anahilt
Anahilt is located in Northern Ireland
Anahilt
 Anahilt shown within Northern Ireland
Population 1,148 (2001)
Irish grid reference J296562
    - Belfast 14 mi (23 km)  
District Lisburn
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HILLSBOROUGH
Postcode district BT26
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Lagan Valley
NI Assembly Lagan Valley
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Annahilt / Anahilt (from Irish: Eanach Eilte)[1] is a village and civil parish in north County Down, Northern Ireland. It is 7.5 miles (12 kilometres) south of Lisburn, and about 14 miles south-west of Belfast, on the main road between Ballynahinch and Hillsborough. In the 2001 Census the village had a population of 1,148. Annahilt has a distinctive drumlin setting, with a small wooded estate on a ridge to the west, and panoramic views on the approaches to the village.

Annahilt's has a primary school, shops, a Scout Hall, an Orange Hall, a residential care home and a park. There is a business park to the north, on the Glebe Road. Annahilt also has a three-star caravan site, known as the 'Lakeside View Caravan Park', on the Magheraconluce Road.[2]

History[edit]

Maps of the early 19th century show little development at Annahilt beyond a schoolhouse and a small number of dwellings near the main crossroads. The settlement grew much in the second half of the 20th century. The primary school was founded in 1801.[3]

A church was founded on the site of the current Annahilt Church of Ireland (Church of the Ascension) in the 8th century by Saint Molibba and called Enaceilte. It was rebuilt in 1422 and again in 1741. Only the ruined tower of the medieval church remains in the graveyard. The present church was built in 1856.[4]

Transport[edit]

Translink (Ulsterbus) operate bus services linking the village with Lisburn, Belfast, Dromara and Newcastle.

Demography[edit]

Annahilt 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 1148 people living in Annahilt. Of these:[5]

  • 27.2% were aged under 16 years and 13.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
  • 5.1% were from a Catholic background and 91.3% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.6% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Lakeside View Caravan Park
  3. ^ Anahilt Community Web pages
  4. ^ "Annahilt Church of Ireland". Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Genealogy Research Site. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Area Profile of Annahilt - Based on 2001 Census". NI Neighbourhood Information Service. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 

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