|Irish: Gleann Ghormlaithe|
Glengormley shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||2,413 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||North Belfast|
|NI Assembly||South Antrim|
Glengormley or Glengormly (from Irish: Gleann Ghormlaithe, meaning "Gormlaith's valley") is the name of a townland and electoral ward in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Glengormley is within the urban area called Newtownabbey and the wider Newtownabbey Borough.
The wider suburban area of Glengormley borders North Belfast, Carnmoney and Mallusk. It is a popular residential area, include developments in 1995 - 2005 which have seen an expansion upwards from the village to the Hightown Road.
As the lowest pass through the Belfast hills from the northern prospect, Glengormley is also traversed by major communication arteries including the Belfast to Derry railway line (served by Mossley West halt) and the M2 motorway.
As a main conduit for commuters, the townland experiences congestion problems during peak times of the day, particularly on the A6 or Antrim Road. The M2 motorway runs close-by and is accessible from the Sandyknowes Roundabout located at the end of the A6 with slip roads to the M2 northbound and southbound carriageways. The A8(M) motorway and the main road into the Mallusk and Hydepark Industrial Estates as well as many other B roads are accessible from Sandyknowes.
Despite being technically a glen (the area is in the valley between Cave Hill and Carnmoney Hill), Glengormley sits at 700 feet above sea level, and is noted for a climate noticeably colder than the adjacent Lagan valley area. The cold and windy weather may be explained by the 'tunnel' of natural features running from the Antrim coast to the edge of Glengormley on the Hightown Road. The 'tunnel' can be seen from the Cavehill Country Park entrance at Hightown Road, as one looks north towards Slemish.
From Victorian times to the 1930s, Glengormley was often the final destination on the leisure trail for working class Belfast citizens escaping the city grime. The three main stops on the trail were Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo. There is also a dance hall in Glengormley, opposite the present day Glen Inn. Over the years, The journey was made by tram or trolley bus or train. The Belfast Street Tramway Company replaced carts with horse-drawn trams and the Cavehill and Whitewell Tramway company ran a steam tramway from Glengormley into Belfast.
Sentry Hill is an early 19th-century farmhouse on the hill above Glengormley and Corr's Corner in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. It was the home of William Fee McKinney - a prosperous farmer and meticulous collector of farming, church and other records and artefacts. He was a member of the Linen Hall library and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. He was secretary of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church for 62 years.
Glengormley is within walking distance of the Cavehill Country Park and Belfast Zoo. The expansive Valley Park provides a safe cycling route to the North Shore coastal cycle path and onwards to central Belfast.
At the Southern end of Glengormley there is an 6 screen cinema, 10 pin bowling alleys, three snooker halls (two at the southern end and one at the northern end) and some commercial premises.
Glengormley hosts major commercial complexes in the Mallusk Enterprise Park, including Royal Mail and Marks and Spencer. At peak times, Translink Metro and Ulsterbus buses to Belfast pass through Glengormley approximately every ten minutes, and take approximately twenty to thirty minutes to reach the city centre via the A6 Antrim Road and A2 Shore Road. Belfast is accessed by car via the Antrim Road or M2 motorway.
Translink Metro Route 1 and Routes 2A/B pass through the village as well as Ulsterbus Route 120 to Ballymena via Antrim Route 153 to Ballyclare and Newtownabbey town service 367 From Northcott Shopping centre to Greenisland Estate via Glengormley village and O'Neill road which connects to the Abbeycentre and Whiteabbey village.
- Translink Metro route 1 starts at Queen Street which goes up the Antrim Road and passes Belfast Zoo into Glengormley.From Glengormley the routes split to serve neighbouring local areas.
- Translink Metro routes 2A/B also start at Queen street and operate via Shore road with route 2A serving whitewell Road,Glengormley,Carnmoney Road and Prince Charles Way to Fairview Road.Route 2B serves the Abbeycentre,whitewell Road,Glengormley,Ballyclare Road and Manse Road which also ends at Fairview Road.
- Route 1A serves Carnmoney Road,Princes Charles Way,Beverley Road,Fairview Road,Ballyfore Road,Doagh Road and terminates at Glenville (Newtownabbey bus depot).
- Route 1B serves Antrim Road,Jubilee Way(Tesco),Ballyclare Road,Ballyearl Drive,Ballyearl Way,Milewater Drive and terminates at New Mossley (Manse Way).
- Route 1C serves Antrim Road,Jubilee Way(Tesco),Ballyclare Road,Ballyearl Drive,Ballyearl Way,Milewater Drive,Campbell Road,Beverley Road,Fairview Road,Ballyfore Road,Doagh Road and terminates at Glenville (Newtownabbey bus depot).
- Route 1D serves Ballyclare Road,Ballyearl Drive,Ballyearl Way,Milewater Drive,Campbell Road,Carnmoney Road North,The Glade and terminates at Mossley West Train Station.
- Route 1E serves Hightown Road,Mallusk Road,Mallusk Industrial Estate,Mallusk Cemetery,Old Coach Road and terminates at Roughfort.
- Route 1F serves Antrim Road,Sandyknowes Park,Scullions Road,Mallusk Industrial Estate,Aylesbury Place and terminates at Blackrock (Hydepark Road).
- Route 1G serves Antrim Road,Sandyknowes Park,Ballyhenry Road,Ballyclare Road,Ballyearl Drive and terminates at Ballyearl Way.
- Route 1J serves Hightown Road,Mallusk Road and terminates at Royal Mail (Enterprise Way).
21.4% were under 16 years old and 21.7% were aged 60 and over;
47.1% of the population were male and 52.9% were female;
40.3% were from a Catholic community background and 56.1% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' community background;
29.4% of persons aged 16 and over were single (never married);
37.8 years was the average age of the population; and the population density was 60.3 persons per hectare.
Points of interest
The Crown and Shamrock pub on the Antrim Road in Glengormley is one of the oldest pubs in County Antrim and has been made famous by the film "Middletown" where many of the scenes were filmed. The Glen Inn and the Bellevue Arms are the most popular bars within Glengormley. The Bellevue Arms is also a licensed restaurant and includes pool tables and a host of large televisions to enjoy watching sports.
- Stephen Boyd (1931–1977) — starred in Ben-Hur (1959), Fantastic Voyage (1966) and many other films, was born in nearby Whitehouse and lived in Glengormley.
- Padraic Fiacc — lived in Glengormley.
- Derek Mahon — Irish poet who lived in Glengormley. One of his best-known poems is entitled Glengormley.
- Jeremy McWilliams — former GP Motorcycle racer.
- Craig Cathcart — footballer; plays for Blackpool and the Northern Ireland national team
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Stephen Boyd, the busker who became a big screen idol
- McWilliams to make comeback at Kirkistown
- Cathcart tipped for the top