|Irish: Baile na Mainistreach|
Overlooking the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill
Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||62,056 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||BT36, BT37|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|NI Assembly||East Antrim|
Newtownabbey (Irish: Baile na Mainistreach) is a large town north of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Sometimes considered to be a suburb of Belfast, it is separated from the rest of the city by the M2 motorway. At the 2001 Census, Newtownabbey Urban Area had a population of 62,056, making it the fourth largest settlement in Northern Ireland. The area forms part of Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Largely a residential area, the town is also home to many engineering and computer industries. Retail and leisure facilities include the Abbey Centre, the Valley Leisure Centre, the Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre, Glengormley Moviehouse, Glengormley Sportsbowl and three large public parks. The main campus for the University of Ulster is based in the Jordanstown area of Newtownabbey. Although the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster is due to merge with the current Belfast campus which is due to be completed by 2018.
Newtownabbey was formed by the merging of seven villages; Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Whitewell. It was formally brought into being on 1 April 1958. Before its inception the expanse fell under the jurisdiction of the Belfast Rural District Council.
The timeline of the local government authority is: Newtownabbey Urban District Council (1958–1973), Newtownabbey District Council (1973–1977), Newtownabbey Borough Council (1977–2015) and Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council (2015– ).
By the spring of 2015 it is anticipated Newtownabbey Borough Council will be officially merged with adjacent Antrim Council to form the new Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council under Local Government restructuring plans devised by the Northern Ireland Executive.
Below is a list of townlands that are within Newtownabbey's urban area, alongside their likely etymologies.
- Ballybought (from Irish: Baile Bocht, meaning "poor town")*
- Ballyduff (historically Ballymacelduffe; from Baile Mhic Giolla Dhuibh meaning "MacElduff's townland")*
- Ballygolan (historically Ballingowlan; from Baile an Ghabhláin or Baile Gobhláin meaning "townland of the fork")*
- Ballyhenry (from Baile Enri meaning "Henry's townland")*
- Ballyvesey (from Baile Feasoighe meaning "Vesey's townland")*
- Ballywonard (from Baile Mhuine Ard meaning "townland of the high thicket")*
- Carnmoney (from Carn Monaidh meaning "cairn of the bog")*
- Collinward (from Coll an Bháird meaning "the bard's hazel")*
- Cloughfern (historically Ballycurraghfarny; from Cruach Fearna meaning "stack of the alder" or Currach Fearnaí meaning "marsh of the place of alders")*
- Drumnadrough (from Druimainn Dorcha meaning "dark ridge" or Druim na gCruach meaning "ridge of the stacks"), where Merville Garden Village is located
- Dunanney (from Dún Aine meaning "Aine's stronghold")*
- Glengormley (from Gleann Ghormlaithe meaning "blue-grey valley")*
- Jordanstown (historically Ballyjordan and Ballyjurdan)
- Mallusk or Molusk (historically Moyvluske and Moyvliske; from Maigh Bhloisce meaning "Bloisce's plain")*
- Monkstown (historically Ballynamanagh; from Baile na Manach meaning "townland of the monks")
- White House
* citation for derivations
The following housing estates have Irish-derived names, although they are not named after townlands:
Electoral areas and wards
(Rostulla, Hawthorne, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Ballyduff, Carnmoney and Mossley)
(Ballyclare North, Ballyclare South, Ballyrobert, Doagh and Ballynure)
(Cloughfern, Coole, Dunanney, Valley, Abbey and Whitehouse)
- Antrim Line
(Mallusk, Colinbridge,Hightown, Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Glengormley and Glebe)
Newtownabbey Urban Area is classified as a large town (i.e. with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people in the 2001 census) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and is within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 85,139 people living in Newtownabbey. Of these:
- 20.4% were aged under 16 years and 15.4% were aged 65 and over
- 48.2% of the population were male and 51.8% were female
- 22.56% were from a Catholic background and 67.76% were from a Protestant background.
- 3.8% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
- Higher-level education
- Secondary-level education
- Ballyclare High School
- Belfast High School
- Edmund Rice College
- Glengormley High School
- Monkstown Community School
- Newtownabbey Community High School
- Primary-level education
- Abbots Cross Primary School
- Ashgrove Primary School
- Ballyhenry Primary School
- Carnmoney Primary School
- Earlview Primary School
- Glengormley Integrated Primary School
- Hazelwood Integrated Primary School
- HillCroft Special Needs School
- Hollybank Primary School
- Jordanstown Schools for the Deaf and Blind
- Kings Park Primary School
- Mossley Primary School
- Rathcoole Primary School
- Rosstulla Special School
- St Bernard's Primary School
- St James's Primary School
- St MacNissi's Primary School
- St Mary's on the Hill Primary School
- Thornfield House School
- Whiteabbey Primary School
- Whitehouse Primary School
- Academy Cricket Club
- Cliftonville Cricket Club
- Mossley Young Men F.C.
- 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys F.C.
- Nortel F.C.
- Rathfern Rangers F.C.
- U.U.J. F.C.
- Belfast International Sports Club
- Valley Ju-jitsu Club (WJJF)
- Abbey Presbyterian Church
- Abbots Cross Congregational Church
- Ballycraigy Congregational Church
- Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church
- The Church of the Good Shepherd (United Church of Ireland and Methodist)
- Church of the Holy Spirit (Church of Ireland) Mossley
- Church of the Holy Evangelists (Church of Ireland) Carnmoney
- Monkstown Baptist Church
- Saint James's Catholic Church
- St Mary's on the Hill Parish Church
- St Bernard's Church
- St Brigid's Parish of Mallusk
- St Mac Nissi's Church
- St. Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland)
- Straid Congregational Church
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church
- Whiteabbey Congregational Church
- Whiteabbey Methodist Church
- Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church
- Whitehouse Presbyterian Church
Newtownabbey is linked to the M2 motorway (which passes through it) and the M5 motorway (which begins at its southeastern edge). It is also served by three railway stations: Mossley West railway station and Whiteabbey railway station on the Belfast–Derry railway line and Jordanstown railway station on the Belfast–Larne railway line.
Newtownabbey is twinned with:
- Gilbert, Arizona, United States
- Newtownabbey/Baile na Mainistreach, Placenames Database of Ireland
- "Northern Ireland Placenames Project". Retrieved 12 June 2010.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website.
- Schools Web Directory entry for Ashgrove
- Schools Web Directory entry for Carnmoney Primary
- "Rybnik Official Website – Twin Towns". 2008 Urząd Miasta Rybnika. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
- "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District". 2009 Twins2010.com. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- Culture Northern ireland
- Newtownabbey Today website of the Newtownabbey Times Newspaper
- Newtownabbey In Touch website of the Newtownabbey In Touch Magazine
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