Castle (District Electoral Area)

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District Electoral Area
Castle Wards.png
Map showing Castle wards within Belfast
Area19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Population28,290 (2008 Estimate)
• Density1,489/km2 (3,860/sq mi)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland

Castle is one of the ten district electoral areas in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Located in the north of the city, the district elects six members to Belfast City Council and contains the wards of Bellevue, Cavehill, Chichester Park, Duncairn, Fortwilliam and Innisfayle. Castle, along with Oldpark district and parts of the Court district and Newtownabbey Borough Council, forms the Belfast North constituency for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament. The district is bounded to the east by the Victoria Channel, to the north by Newtownabbey Borough Council and Belfast Lough, to the south by North Street and to the west by the Cavehill Road.

The district takes its name from Belfast Castle which is located on Cavehill in the north of the district, while the southern section of the district is part of the city centre and forms one of the Belfast's main cultural areas, known as the Cathedral Quarter. The east of the area also contains the Port of Belfast. Castle is served by the M2 and M5 motorways and the Yorkgate railway station.

Castle is one of the most mixed areas in the city, with just over half of the district's population being Protestant at the 2001 Census. This has resulted in the construction of a number of peace lines, for example along the Whitewell Road.


Castle was created for the 1985 local elections. All six wards came from the former Area H, with only the Cliftonville ward and northern section of the Waterworks ward omitted from the new district. One of the district's six wards, Castleview, was renamed Innisfayle in 2014.



Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Bellevue 4,910 63.7% 29.3% 1.1% 6% 2.96 km2 1,659/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [1]
2 Castleview 4,722 38.1% 54.2% 1.2% 6.5% 1.41 km2 3,349/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [2]
3 Cavehill 4,820 57.1% 37.7% 0.9% 4.3% 3.41 km2 1,413/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [3]
4 Chichester Park 5,452 74.3% 17.2% 1.6% 6.9% 0.95 km2 5,739/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [4]
5 Duncairn 4,901 23.6% 63.9% 2.2% 10.3 9.24 km2 530/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [5]
6 Fortwilliam 4,561 41.3% 50.3% 1.2% 7.2% 1.03 km2 4,428/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [6]
Castle 29,366 50.3% 41.5% 1.4% 6.9% 19 km2 1,546/km2


The Big Fish sculpture
Election Councillor
2019 Nuala McAllister
Fred Cobain


Carl Whyte


John Finucane

(Sinn Féin)

Mal O'Hara


Guy Spence
2014 Lydia Patterson
David Browne
Mary Campbell
(Sinn Féin)
Pat Convery
2011 Tierna Cunningham
(Sinn Féin)
2005 Nigel Dodds
Cathal Mullaghan
Ian Crozier
2001 Danny Lavery
(Sinn Féin)
Alban Maginness
1997 Tom Campbell
Nelson McCausland
1993 Jonathan Stephenson
John Carson
Nelson McCausland
(Independent Unionist)
1989 Tom Campbell
Frank Millar
(Independent Unionist)
1985 Alfie Redpath


See also: Results of elections in 2019; 2014; 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.

2019 Elections[edit]

Belfast City Council elections, 2019[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Nuala McCallister 1,787
Sinn Féin John Finucane 1,650
DUP Fred Cobain 1,439
DUP Guy Spence 1,407
Sinn Féin Mary Ellen Campbell 1,103
UUP David Browne 1,014
Green (NI) Mal O'Hara 883
SDLP Carl Whyte 651
SDLP Heather Wilson 551
Independent Patrick Convery 377
People Before Profit Riley Johnston 204
Workers' Party Gemma Weir 159
Independent Cathal Mulligan 159
Turnout 11,436

2014 Elections[edit]

Belfast City Council elections, 2014[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Sinn Féin Mary Ellen Campbell 1619
DUP Guy Spence 1,339
DUP Lydia Patterson 1,276
SDLP Patrick Convery 1,197
UUP David Browne 1,133
Sinn Féin Tierna Cunningham 1,038
Alliance Nuala McAllister 1,020
PUP William McQuade 657
SDLP Cathal Mullaghan 554
NI21 Alison Crawford 336
Independent Fra Hughes 218
Workers' Party Gemma Weir 191
Turnout 10,753

2011 Elections[edit]

Belfast City Council elections, 2011[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Lydia Patterson 1,489
Sinn Féin Tierna Cunningham 1,377
SDLP Pat Convery 1,367
Sinn Féin Mary Campbell 1,293
UUP David Browne 1,181
DUP Guy Spence 946
SDLP Cathal Mullaghan 883
Alliance David McKechnie 689
DUP Lee Reynolds 629
Workers' Party John Lavery 170
Turnout 10,024
Sinn Féin gain from Social Democratic and Labour

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ward Information for Bellevue ward 95GG08". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Ward Information for Castleview ward 95GG13". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Ward Information for Cavehill ward 95GG14". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ward Information for Chichester Park ward 95GG16". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ward Information for Duncairn ward 95GG20". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Ward Information for Fortwilliam ward 95GG24". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. ^ Elections 2019: Castle, Belfast City Council
  8. ^ Elections 2014: Castle, Belfast City Council
  9. ^ Elections 2011: Castle, Belfast City Council