Helen's Bay

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Helen's Bay
Irish: Cuan Héilin
Helen's Bay is located in Northern Ireland
Helen's Bay
Helen's Bay
 Helen's Bay shown within Northern Ireland
Population 1,362 (2001 Census)
District North Down
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BANGOR
Postcode district BT19
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Down
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Coordinates: 54°40′12″N 5°44′06″W / 54.670°N 5.735°W / 54.670; -5.735

Helen's Bay is on the northern coast of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Ballygrot (from Irish Baile gCrot, meaning "settlement of hillocks"),[1] between Holywood, Crawfordsburn and Bangor. It is served by a railway station and had a population of 1,362 in the 2001 Census. It is part of the North Down Borough Council area.

History[edit]

The village is named after Helen, Lady Dufferin (née Sheridan), mother of Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, and owners of the Clandeboye Estate. Helen’s Bay is a planned village which derived from the building of the Belfast and County Down Railway (BCDR) in the mid 19th century, and the aspirations of the local landlord, the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava who wanted to develop the area as a luxury holiday resort to rival Portstewart and Portrush. The granting of ‘villa’ or ‘house-free’ tickets by the BCDR Company, which entitled the holders to free travel for a period of time if they constructed houses within one mile of the station, encouraged further development of the settlement.

Places of interest[edit]

Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough, features 3.5 km (2 mi) of coastline and a small beach. The Park also includes Grey Point Fort, a coastal battery and gun emplacement dating from 1904 and updated during World War II. It now houses a military museum. Helen's Bay Golf Club is located within the village and has a 9 hole course. Chef Michael Deane previously owned a restaurant in the village.[2][3]

2001 Census[edit]

Grey Point Fort.

Helen's Bay is classified by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) as being within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,362 people living in Helen's Bay. Of these:

  • 17.9% were aged under 16 years and 28.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.6% of the population were male and 51.4% were female
  • 10.7% were from a Catholic background and 84.3% were from a Protestant background
  • 1.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

People[edit]

Swimmer Andrew Bree is from Helen's Bay. Local celebrity chef Michael Deane won his 1st Michelin star at Deane's on the Square restaurant. This was only the second Michelin star to be awarded in Northern Ireland.

Transport[edit]

Telephone Exchange[edit]

Although small, Helen's Bay still has its own BT Telephone exchange. Local numbers exist in the following formats:

  • (028) 9185 2XXX
  • (028) 9185 3XXX
  • (028) 9185 4XXX

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames NI
  2. ^ North Down Borough Council
  3. ^ Culture Northern Ireland
  4. ^ "Helen's Bay". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-28.