Crumlin, County Antrim
Crumlin shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||4,259 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||South Antrim|
|NI Assembly||South Antrim|
Crumlin (from Irish: Cromghlinn, meaning "crooked glen") is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is at the head of a wooded glen on the Camlin River, near Lough Neagh, and 20 miles (32 km) west of Belfast city centre. It had a population of over 4,259 people in the 2001 Census. Belfast International Airport lies just north of the village.
A stone clock tower, built in 1897 as a memorial to a member of the Pakenham family who were landlords in the area, stands at the top of the village near the former railway station. The town's old linen mill was built in 1809.
- Crumlin Integrated College
- St. Joseph's Primary School
- Crumlin Integrated Primary
- Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach
- Naíscoil Ghleann Darach
In recent years, a growing Irish speaking community has evolved in the area and Crumlin now caters for both pre-school and primary school education through the medium of Irish. Naíscoil and Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach now has almost seventy children attending the Irish medium school and almost thirty in the nursery, with 15 members of staff. The Gaelscoil (primary school) is recognised by the Department of Education.
Two voluntary groups, Cumann Gaeilge and Cairde Ghleann Darach encourage and support the school and promotion of the Irish Language. The local societies help organise fund-raisers for the local schools and clubs & organise Irish Language classes, an annual Irish language funday, Céilí, Bi-lingual pub quiz and other events in the area.
Crumlin United Football Club is the main sporting club in the village. It provides association football for 500 plus men, women, boys and girls from under 6 to senior level. Most recently Crumlin United have constructed a 3G playing service at their headquarters in Mill Road, Crumlin. This facility is used for training all their teams as well as being offered to the community for hire. This is the only such facility in the Crumlin, Glenavy area.
There also is a well established GAA club Naomh Seamas located on Glenavy Road, Crumlin, Naomh Seamas. It provides structured football for 300plus boys and girls as well as social and cultural events associated with GAA ethos. Its seniors currently play Antrim Division 1.
In recent decades Crumlin's population has increased as a result of an influx of residents from Belfast and surrounding areas. The majority of these residents are from an Irish Nationalist background and now Crumlin has a clear nationalist majority. Orange Order parades still occur in the village without incident and the main street in July is decorated with an Orange Arch which flys unionist flags from it.
In 2012 The Twelfth was held in Crumlin for the first time in 12 years, a march which surpassed previous parades in terms of size and the number of bands and participants taking part. Some pre march tension was evident and a Parades Commission determination appeared to rule in favour of the residents opposed to the parade based on its size and because they felt they weren't given adequate notice by the organisers of the parade.
Behind the scenes talks were held between the residents and organisers leading for the parade to pass off peacefully and the agreement was heralded as a success and as a possible blueprint for other contentious marches.
Crumlin is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e., with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 4,259 people living in Crumlin. Of these:
- 28.3% were aged under 16 and 11.3% were aged 60 and over
- 49.3% of the population were male and 50.7% were female
- 75.4% were from a Catholic background and 23.3% were from a Protestant background
- 3.4% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
For more details see: http://www.ninis.nisra.gov.uk/ NI Neighbourhood Information Service]
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Photograph of Crumlin Orange Arch PhotographersDirect
- "Twelfth Timebomb" Antrim Guardian 12 July 2012
- "Why Crumlin's parade compromise is being hailed as a blueprint" BBC News 13 July 2012
- "Crumlin". Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
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