Galgorm Parks

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Galgorm

Galgorm Parks is a townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, about 1 km west of Ballymena. It is part of the civil parish of Ahoghill. Administratively, it is in the Borough of Ballymena.

The townland encompasses the village of Galgorm and much of the area between Ballymena and Galgorm itself. It is bordered by the townlands of Artibrannan to the north, Lisnafillon and Fenaghy to the west and Ballykennedy to the south. The village itself sits predominantly where the Galgorm Road, Sand Road and Fenaghy Roads meet and it has a small number of independent businesses and shops

On the outskirts of Galgorm and just prior to the old Moravian settlement of Gracehill sits the old Gallahers/JTI plant, which when vacated became an extension of Wrightbus, a major employer in the Ballymena Area

The majority of the townland is from a strong Protestant background and for the best part is a residential extension of Ballymena, a central Northern Ireland shopping town. The townland has two separate Orange Order lodges, Galgorm Loyal Orange Lodge and Galgorm Parks Loyal Orange Lodge.[1]

The boundaries for the townland are the previous estate boundaries of Galgorm Castle which was constructed in 1618 by Sir Faithful Fortescue and is recognised as one of the finest examples of early Jacobean architecture in Ireland. The grounds and castle have been used for filming and TV projects, most recently The Frankenstein Chronicles featuring Sean Bean. The castle itself is now on the site of Galgorm Castle Golf Club which has become one of the top golf courses in Ireland and home to the Northern Ireland Open[2]

One of the richest assets Galgorm as to offer is the world famous Galgorm Resort & Spa. In November 2018 the luxury estate and hotel was given the prestigious honour of being named the world's best luxury spa and hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, held in Bali, Indonesia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of LOL 507". Galgorm Parks Loyal Orange Lodge.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Galgorm Castle". History of Castle.