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Broughshane is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population2,851 (2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT43
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
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Northern Ireland
54°53′37″N 6°12′22″W / 54.893611°N 6.206111°W / 54.893611; -6.206111Coordinates: 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 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 2,851 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. It was originally a planter’s house. The local Masonic Lodge would meet upstairs in The Thatch. Now a Masonic Hall built in 1904 is adjacent to the pub.

Broughshane is known as the 'Garden Village of Ulster' with the motto 'People, Plants and Pride growing Together'. The village recently won Channel Four's 'UK Village of the Year', Ulster in Bloom, Britain in Bloom and Entente Floral (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.[4]

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.[5]

Notable people[edit]


Broughshane has two football teams.

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. rugby Grounds are on the road linking Ballymena to Broughshane.


2011 Census[edit]

It had a population of 2,851 people (1,235 households) in the 2011 Census.[3] On Census day in 2011:

2001 Census[edit]

Broughshane is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,364 people living in Broughshane. Of these:

  • 19.3% were aged under 16 and 23.6% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.6% of the population were male and 51.4% were female
  • 4.9% were from a Catholic background and 93.5% were from a Protestant background
  • 2.8% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service


  1. ^ Smyth, Anne (2010). "Tha Yeir o Grace". Ullans. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Place Names NI
  3. ^ a b "Broughshane". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ BBC report on winning the Britain in Bloom award
  5. ^

External links[edit]

  • Welcome to Broughshane - News and information relating to the village and the greater Braid Valley area as well as a picturesque photograph gallery