Ballymoney

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For the civil parish of County Cork, see Ballymoney, County Cork.

Coordinates: 55°04′16″N 6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508

Ballymoney
Scots: Bellymoney[1]
Irish: Baile Monaidh
Ballymoney town hall.jpg
Ballymoney town hall
Ballymoney is located in Northern Ireland
Ballymoney
Ballymoney
 Ballymoney shown within Northern Ireland
Population 9,021 (2001 Census)
    - Belfast  48 miles 
District Ballymoney
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BALLYMONEY
Postcode district BT53
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
NI Assembly North Antrim
Website www.ballymoney.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim

Ballymoney (from Irish: Baile Monaidh, meaning "homestead on the peatland" [ˈbˠalʲə ˈmˠʊnˠəi])[2] is a small town and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 9,021 people in the 2001 Census.[citation needed] It is currently served by Ballymoney Borough Council. The civil parish of Ballymoney covers areas of County Antrim as well as County Londonderry.[3]

The town hosts the Ballymoney Drama Festival, the oldest drama festival in Ireland, which was founded in 1933.

Ballymoney has expanded in recent years and a lot of new houses have been built. This is primarily as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area. Ballymoney is located on the main road between Coleraine and Ballymena, with good road and rail connections to the main cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry.

The Ballymoney area has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 78.9 years and 84.8 years for females in years between 2010 to 2012.[4]

Conversely, it was revealed in 2013 that Ballymoney residents are more likely to die from heart disease than anywhere else in Northern Ireland.[5]

Politics[edit]

The Council is dominated by the Democratic Unionist Party. Sinn Féin is the second largest party with the Ulster Unionist Party, SDLP and an independent making up the rest.

History[edit]

The Troubles[edit]

For more information see The Troubles in Ballymoney, which includes a list of incidents in Ballymoney during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

Demographics[edit]

Ballymoney is classified as a small town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 9,021 people living in Ballymoney. Of these:

  • 22.6% were aged under 16 years and 17.8% were aged 60 and over
  • 47.3% of the population were male and 52.7% were female
  • 17.3% were from a Catholic background and 79.8% were from a Protestant background
  • 3.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service[6]

Buildings of note[edit]

Ballymoney town clock.

Ballymoney is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many buildings of historic note in the town centre.[7]

  • An old church tower dating from 1637 is the town's oldest surviving building.
  • Another striking feature is the town clock and Masonic hall, built in 1775 by the 6th Earl and 2nd Marquis of Antrim. The hall was used as a market house, courthouse, town hall and school.
  • The town hall was erected in 1866.

People[edit]

Education[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

  • Ballymoney Primary School
Ballymoney Primary School, also known as Ballymoney Model, is situated at the top of the North Road and holds approximately 360 pupils each year. The school is within the Northern Eastern Education Library Board area.
The school is one of the largest within Ballymoney, housing eleven classrooms running from P1 to P7. It also has a large dinner hall, assembly hall, and a computer room. The school has a library and a classroom for special needs children.
Historically, Ballymoney Primary has been a predominately protestant school, but is scheduled to be integrated in September 2009 following a very narrow vote in favour of the idea.
Ballymoney Primary's principal is Mr. G. McVeigh, while the vice principal is Mrs. Herron. And a new 2013 principal Miss Jamison
  • Garryduff Primary School

Garryduff primary school is for pupils aged 4–11, it is located on the Garryduff road approximately 3 miles out of Ballymoney it has got a new extension with a new multi-purpose hall and a new classroom. The current principal is Miss Tannahill.

  • Landhead Primary School
Landhead Primary School is a primary school for pupils aged 5 to 11 years, located on the Kilraughts Road, close to Ballymoney Rugby Club.
In 2004 the Sunday Mirror reported on the school's cat "Tigger". The cat has since featured on local news and radio programmes.[9]
  • Leaney Primary School
  • Lislagan Primary School
Lislagan Primary School is located about three miles from Ballymoney, in a rural location. It is a controlled school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 11. Enrollment has risen steadily over the last five years and currently stands at 94.[10] It is within the North Eastern Education and Library Board area.
  • St. Brigid's Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Sport[edit]

Transport[edit]

Industry[edit]

Town twinning[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bellymoney daes Burns proud – Ullans Speakers Association
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ "Parishes of Northern Ireland". Public Record Office of NI. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file).
  5. ^ "Ballymoney 'worst place in NI' for heart disease" BBC News
  6. ^ Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website.
  7. ^ "Work ethic brings long life in Co Antrim's Tír na nÓg", Irish News, 13 August 2008
  8. ^ "CHAMBERS, Peter". World Rowing. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Sunday Mirror
  10. ^ School Inspection Report, January 2006
  11. ^ "Ballymoney" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  12. ^ Baker, Michael HC (1999). Irish Narrow Gauge Railways. A View from the Past. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2680-7. 
  13. ^ Douglas Borough Council

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