Ballymoney (borough)

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Ballymoney Borough
Ballymoney in Northern Ireland.svg
Area 418 km2 (161 sq mi) 
Ranked 17th of 26
District HQ Ballymoney
Catholic 31.8%
Protestant 63.1%
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
List of places
Northern Ireland

Ballymoney was a local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland. It was headquartered in Ballymoney. Other towns in the borough include Dervock, Dunloy, Cloughmills and Rasharkin. The borough has a population of 31,224 according to the 2011 census.

In May 2015 it was merged with the boroughs of Coleraine and Limavady and the District of Moyle to form the Causeway Coast and Glens district.


Ballymoney is one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973. It took over the areas Ballymoney Urban District Council and most of the surrounding Ballymoney Rural District in County Antrim.[1]

Borough council[edit]

The borough is divided into three electoral areas which between them return 16 members. These are Ballymoney Town (5), Bann Valley (6) and Bushvale (5). Elections are conducted under the proportional representation single transferable vote system, and elections of the whole council are normally held every four years. The election due to take place in May 2009 was postponed in anticipation of the creation of eleven new councils in 2011.[2] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the most recent district council elections took place in 2011[3]

As of February 2012 the political composition of the council was: 8 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 3 Sinn Féin, 2 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 1 Traditional Unionist Voice and 1 independent.[4]

In 1977 Ballymoney District Council successfully petitioned for a grant of a charter of incorporation, constituting the district a borough.[5]

Mayor of Ballymoney[edit]

The charter also created the office of mayor, who is chosen for a one-year term at the council's annual meeting.

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1977–81 Mary J. Holmes Independent Robert McComb Independent
1981–84 Charles Steele DUP
1985–86 Charles Steele DUP Joe Gaston UUP
1986–87 Joe Gaston UUP James Patterson DUP
Robert Halliday DUP
1988–89 Cecil Cousley DUP William Logan UUP
1990–93 Joe Gaston UUP Samuel McConaghie DUP
Cecil Cousley DUP
Malachy McCamphill SDLP
1994–95 Cecil Cousley DUP Robert Wilson DUP
1996–97 Joe Gaston UUP Samuel McConaghie DUP
1997–98 Frank Campbell DUP William Logan UUP
Samuel McConaghie DUP
1999–00 William Logan UUP Bill Kennedy DUP
2000–01 Bill Kennedy DUP Samuel McConaghie DUP
John Finlay DUP
2002–03 Frank Campbell DUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2004–05 Cecil Cousley DUP Ian Stevenson DUP
2006–07 John Finlay DUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2007 – 08[6] John Finlay DUP Harry Connolly SDLP
2008 – 09[6] John Finlay DUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2009 – 10[7] Frank Campbell DUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2010 – 11[4] Bill Kennedy UUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2011 – 12[4] Ian Stevenson DUP Thomas McKeown UUP
2012 – 13[4] Evelyne L Robinson DUP Cecil Cousley DUP
2013 -[4] John Finlay DUP Ian Stevenson DUP

Source: Freedom of Information request to Ballymoney Borough Council

Freedom of the town[edit]

In 2012 the Royal Irish Regiment and 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) were awarded the freedom of Ballymoney by the council. On both occasions the regiments held special marches through the town to celebrate the awards. Previous recipients of the award include the Royal Ulster Constabulary,Fire Brigade, Joey Dunlop,his brother Robert and former MP for the area Ian Paisley.[8][9]

Town twinning[edit]

In 2000, Ballymoney Borough Council twinned with the French town of Vanves. Since 2001, the council has been a sister city of Benbrook in Texas and building on its motorcycling history, is also linked to the borough of Douglas, Isle of Man.

Parliamentary and assembly representation[edit]

Together with the neighbouring districts of Ballymena and Moyle, it forms the North Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.


Ballymoney is Northern Ireland's fastest-growing town in terms of population[citation needed]. It is thought that this is because it is one of the most central places in Northern Ireland, being one hour from Belfast and one hour from Derry.[citation needed] Another reason is as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area.[citation needed]

The borough has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 79.0 years and 82.6 years for females.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971
  2. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  3. ^ "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ballymoney Council members". Ballymoney Borough Council. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Letters Patent bearing date the 18th day of February 1977, have passed the Great Seal of Northern Ireland, granting a Charter of Incorporation to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Ballymoney." "No. 2920". The Belfast Gazette. 4 March 1977. pp. 566–567. 
  6. ^ a b "Minutes of Annual General Meeting 19 June 2008" (PDF). Ballymoney Borough Council. 
  7. ^ "Minutes of Annual General Meeting 18 June 2009" (PDF). Ballymoney Borough Council. 
  8. ^ "RIR given freedom of Ballymoney" BBC News 12 May 2012
  9. ^ "152 Tpt Regt RLC(V) given freedom of Ballymoney" Ballymoney Times 5 September 2012
  10. ^ Life Expectency Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 55°4′15″N 6°30′28″W / 55.07083°N 6.50778°W / 55.07083; -6.50778