|Irish: Teampall Phádraig|
St Patrick's Church, Templepatrick
Templepatrick shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||1,556 (2001 Census)|
|Irish grid reference|
|– Belfast||9.2 mi (14.8 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||South Antrim|
|NI Assembly||South Antrim|
Templepatrick / / (from Irish: Teampall Phádraig, meaning "Patrick's Church") is a village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is 9.2 miles (14.8 km) northwest of Belfast, and halfway between the towns of Ballyclare and Antrim. It had a population of 1,556 in the 2001 Census. It is also close to Belfast International Airport and the village has several hotels. Templepatrick is the site of historic Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and the Old Presbyterian Church.
Places of interest
- One side of the main street in Templepatrick consists of the demesne wall of Castle Upton. A fortified gateway in the wall at the centre of the village leads to the castle itself. The core of the main house is a tower house with walls up to five feet thick, built in 1611 by Sir Robert Norton and bought in 1625 by Captain Henry Upton. The family mausoleum is in the care of the National Trust and is open to visitors. The Templeton Hotel in the village was named after Lady Elizabeth Templetown, an aristocrat and writer who lived in Castle Upton in the 18th century.
- Patterson's Spade Mill, now a small industrial museum, is nearby. It is a National Trust property.
For more information see The Troubles in Templepatrick, which includes a list of incidents in Templepatrick during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.
- James Hope, weaver and United Irishman, was born in Templepatrick on 25 August 1765. He fought at the Battle of Antrim on 7 June 1798.
- Sir Robin Kinahan (d. 1997) and his son Danny Kinahan both politicians, of Castle Upton.
- Templepatrick railway station opened on 11 April 1848 and shut for passenger traffic on 21 February 1981.
Templepatrick 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 1,556 people living in Templepatrick. Of these:
- 19.4% were aged under 16 years and 20.6% were aged 60 and over
- 50.1% of the population were male and 49.9% were female
- 12.3% were from a Catholic background and 82.7% were from a Protestant background
- 1.2% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
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