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Coordinates: 54°53′37″N 6°12′22″W / 54.893611°N 6.206111°W / 54.893611; -6.206111
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Broughshane is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population2,879 (2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT43
Dialling code028
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54°53′37″N 6°12′22″W / 54.893611°N 6.206111°W / 54.893611; -6.206111

Broughshane (/brəˈʃn/ brə-SHAYN, formerly spelt Brughshane, from Irish Bruach Sheáin)[2] is a large village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Ballymena and 13.8 miles (22.2 km) north of Antrim, on the A42 road. It is part of Mid and East Antrim District Council and had a population of 2,879 people in the 2011 Census.[3]

Its name comes from the Irish for "Shane's dwelling", and seemingly refers to a castle of Shane mac Brian O'Neill, ruler of the Gaelic territory of Lower Clannaboy from 1595 to 1617, which formerly stood on the north side of the village street.[2] The quaint pub, The Thatch Inn, has a thatched roof and is a Grade B+ listed building.

Broughshane is known as the 'Garden Village of Ulster' with the motto 'People, Plants and Pride growing Together'. In 2018 the village won Channel Four's 'UK Village of the Year'.[4] It has won Ulster in Bloom, Britain in Bloom and Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom). In 2007 and again in 2012, the village won 'Champion of Champions' award in the Britain in Bloom competition. It has also won the All Ireland Tidy Town Award.[5]

Volunteers have established in the area around the village pond, a wildlife area which has some of every species of swan and many rare types of geese etc.[6]

Notable people




Broughshane has two football teams: Braid United FC and Raceview FC play in the Ballymena Saturday Morning League. Both clubs play their home matches at the village's football pitch at Knockan Road. Since 2008 the pitch has also been used as a venue for Milk Cup games.

Ballymena Golf Club is situated in the outskirts of Broughshane.

Ballymena R.F.C.'s rugby grounds are on the road linking Ballymena to Broughshane.



Broughshane had a population of 2,879 people (1,243 households) in the 2011 Census.[3] On Census day in 2011:

  • 19.00% were under 16 years old and 21.74% were aged 65 and above;
  • 47.48% of the population were male and 52.52% were female; and
  • 4.52% were from a Catholic community background and 89.65% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' community background.


  1. ^ Smyth, Anne (2010). "Tha Yeir o Grace". Ullans. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Place Names NI
  3. ^ a b "Census 2011 Population Statistics for Broughshane Settlement". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Retrieved 21 June 2021. This article contains quotations from this source, which is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0. © Crown copyright.
  4. ^ "Broughshane crowned UK's village of the year". www.belfastlive.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  5. ^ BBC report on winning the Britain in Bloom award
  6. ^ "BEWWT". Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
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