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Dunloy (from Irish: Dún Lathaí, meaning "fort of the muddy/marshy place") is a village and townland in the Borough of Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is located 11 miles (18 km) north of Ballymena and 6 miles (10 km) north-west of Ballymoney. Dunloy had a population of 1,071 in the 2001 Census, a gain of 21% since 1991. It is located in the civil parish of Finvoy, in the former barony of Kilconway.
Dunloy lies in the ancient Irish district of "Killimorrie", which is now known as Killymurris. Killymurris is claimed as being derived from the Irish Coill Ui Mhuireadhaigh meaning "the wood of Murry". An alternate origin given for Killymurris is that it derives from Choill Mhuiris meaning "the wood of Morris".
Just south of Dunloy village, in the townland of Ballymacaldrack is "Dooey’s cairn". This open Court tomb, named after the landowner, is located on the slopes of Long Mountain and overlooks the valley of the river Main. The earliest known activity within the tomb is estimated at around 4000BC. Also on Long Mountain is another court Tomb, known as Broadstone. See: List of megalithic monuments in Ireland
In the same townland lies the ancient graveyard of Caldernagh.
Since 1996 residents have shown opposition to Loyal Order parades in Dunloy. Parades are currently prohibited from entering the centre of the village. Loyalists in nearby Ballymena counter protested to this by holding weekly protests at a Roman Catholic chapel situated in the predominately loyalist Harryville area of Ballymena.
These protests have since ended. There have been many attacks on the local Orange Hall. On 12 July 2005, locals blocked the road in an attempt to stop the Orange Order from marching through the village.
For more information see The Troubles in Dunloy, which includes a list of incidents in Dunloy during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.
Dunloy's most striking building is considered to be the modern Roman Catholic church. The village also has several shops, two pubs, a bakery, and a credit union. Garves Wind Farm is not far from the village.
Dunloy is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,071 people living in Dunloy. Of these:
- 31.4% were aged under 16 and 11.1% were aged 60 and over
- 48.7% of the population were male and 51.3% were female
- 97.1% were from a Catholic background and 2.9% were from a Protestant background
- 2.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
- For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- O'Laverty; An Historical Account of the Diocese of Down and Connor, Ancient and Modern, volume 4.
- George Hill (1873). An Historical Account of the Macdonnells of Antrim: Including Notices of Some Other Septs, Irish and Scottish. Archer. pp. 426–.
- Place Names NI - Killymurris
- Andy O`Halpin; Conor Newman (26 October 2006). Ireland. OUP Oxford. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-0-19-151317-6.
- "Areas of Contention" CAIN website
- "No deal in Dunloy for parades now or in the future" Ballymoney Times 10 February 2010
- "The town where hatred burns stronger than hope in Ballymena" The Independent 8 December 1996
- Draft Northern Area Plan 2016
- Culture Northern Ireland