Articlave (from Irish: Ard a' Chléibh, meaning "height of the basket" - formerly anglicised as Ardacleve or Ardacleave) is a village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is on the main A2 coastal road, 7 kilometres west of Coleraine. It is a growing residential area and includes a range of commercial, social and community facilities. Its population grew by a third to 800 in the period from 1991 to the 2001 Census. Castlerock railway station is only 1.5 kilometres to the north.
Articlave is classified as a Small Village or Hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 800 people living in Articlave. Of these:
- 26.0% were aged under 16 years and 14.9% were aged 60 and over
- 49.5% of the population were male and 50.5% were female
- 18.1% were from a Catholic background and 79.2% were from a Protestant background
- 6.5% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
In the 1930s the Articlave poltergeist became the most famous in Ireland. A reporter named JP Donnelly was sent from Dublin to cover it. The reporter stayed with a Presbyterian family at their small farm. The young girl of the house was called Laura and each night as she went to bed she was pinched and her bed shaken by the unseen spirit. Donnelly spent the night with them and witnessed the bed shaking.
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