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Cargan (from Irish: an Carraigín, meaning "the small rock")[1] is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies at the foot of Slievenanee in Glenravel – locally known as "The Tenth Glen" along with the more widely known nine Glens of Antrim. It is part of Mid and East Antrim District Council. It had a population of 588 people (223 households) in the 2011 Census.[2] (2001 Census: 411 people)


One of the earliest anglicisations of the townland of Cargan is Carrigan.[1] In the 1800s, the village of Cargan was known as Fisherstown after the man who, in 1866, developed an iron ore mine within the village. The ore was shipped to Barrow-in-Furness, at first by horse and cart to the dock, then from 1875 by railway to Ballymena and onwards. The railway closed in 1937.[3]


The Ballymena to Cargan railway line was opened in 1875 and extended to Parkmore and Retreat in 1876.[4] Cargan railway station opened on 1 June 1894, was closed for passenger traffic on 1 October 1930, and finally closed altogether on 12 April 1937.[5] It was on the Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway which operated narrow gauge railway services from Ballymena to Parkmore from 1875 to 1940.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Placenames NI
  2. ^ "Cargan". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Drum, County Antrim". Woodland Trust. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  4. ^ JRB McMinn. "The Social and Political Structure of North Antrim in 1869". The Glens of Antrim Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Cargan station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  6. ^ Baker, Michael HC (1999). Irish Narrow Gauge Railways. A View from the Past. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2680-7. 

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Coordinates: 54°59′N 6°10′W / 54.983°N 6.167°W / 54.983; -6.167