Laganbank (District Electoral Area)

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District Electoral Area
Laganbank Wards.png
Map showing Laganbank wards within Belfast
Area8.37 km2 (3.23 sq mi)
Population32,316 (2008 Estimate)
• Density3,861/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland

Laganbank was one of the nine district electoral areas in Belfast, Northern Ireland which existed from 1985 to 2014. Located in the south of the city, the district elected five members to Belfast City Council and contained the wards of Ballynafeigh, Botanic, Shaftesbury, Stranmillis, and Rosetta. Laganbank, along with neighbouring Balmoral, formed the greater part of the Belfast South constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament.

The district was bound to the west by the Malone Road and the M1 Motorway, to the south by the River Lagan and the southern section of the Annadale Embankment, to the east by the Ormeau Park and the Ormeau Road and to the north by College Square North and the Cathedral Quarter. The River Lagan, which gave the district its name, flowed through the centre of the district dividing it in two, with Botanic, Shaftesbury and Stranmillis on the western bank and Ballynafeigh and Rosetta on the eastern bank. Laganbank also contained most of the city centre, including Donegall Square. The south of the district contained some of the most exclusive addresses in Northern Ireland, particularly along the Malone Road. However, the north of the district has areas that suffer economic deprivation, including Donegall Road, Sandy Row and 'the Markets'.


Laganbank was created for the 1985 local elections. The Shaftesbury ward had previously been in Area F, Stranmillis and Botanic wards in Area C and Rosetta and Ballynafeigh wards in Area A. For the 2014 local elections, the district was abolished. With the exception of the Rosetta ward, which joined a new Lisnasharragh District Electoral Area, the district's redrawn wards formed part of a new Botanic District Electoral Area, together with the wards of Blackstaff and Windsor, which had previously been part of Balmoral District Electoral Area


Laganbank was the location for several of the city's most important education establishments, including Queen's University Belfast (which gives its name to the Queen's Quarter), Stranmillis University College and Union Theological College, as well as the College Square campus of Belfast Metropolitan College. The location of these institutions in close proximity saw the area's popularity among students increase, particularly in the Holyland area.

The area was also home to some of the most prominent schools, including Methodist College Belfast ('Methody') and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.


The portion of Laganbank to the west of the River Lagan based around Queen's University, forms the Queen's Quarter, and contains many of the key cultural facilities within the city. The Quarter is home to the Belfast Festival at Queen's, the largest annual arts festival in Ireland, as well as amenities such as the Botanic Gardens, the Brian Friel Theatre, the Crescent Arts Centre, the Elmwood Hall, the Lyric Theatre, the Naughton Gallery at Queen's, the Queen's Film Theatre and the Ulster Museum.

As well as the Queen's Quarter, there are a number of important cultural attractions within the Laganbank section of the city centre, including the Grand Opera House, the Linen Hall Library, the Ormeau Baths Gallery, the Ulster Hall, the Ulster Orchestra and the Waterfront Hall. This area is also sometimes referred to as the Golden Mile because of the large number of bars, clubs and restaurants located there.

Rosemary Jenkinson wrote the play, "The Dealer of Ballynafeigh," about a 42-year old UDF resident of Ballynafeigh and his mother who deal drugs to pay off debts. It is a very silly and violent play. It was performed at the Keegan Theatre on Church St. in Washington, DC, USA Oct. 17-Nov. 14, 2015. The play came in third in the BBC Tony Doyle Awards.

Laganbank has a low White population compared to Belfast and is one of the most ethnically diverse electoral areas in Northern Ireland.

Ethnic Groups Census 2011 White
Laganbank 92.1%
Belfast South Parliament Constituency 94.1%
Belfast 96.7%


Note: There is no ethnic group in the Northern Irish census named White British, instead there is only an ethnic group named White. This covers people from many different areas including Britain, Mainland Europe, Australia and the US.

Other amenities[edit]

Other noteworthy amenities in the Laganbank district electoral area include:


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Ballynafeigh 5,928 57.0% 27.1% 2.9% 13.1% 0.67 km2 8,848/km2 Belfast South Belfast South [3]
2 Botanic 8,945 60.8% 23.3% 3.9% 12% 1.3 km2 6,881/km2 Belfast South Belfast South [4]
3 Rosetta 6,564 59% 30.6% 2% 8.4% 1.6 km2 4,103/km2 Belfast South Belfast South [5]
4 Shaftesbury 7,214 35.3% 47.3% 6.7% 10.7% 2.23 km2 3,235/km2 Belfast South Belfast South [6]
5 Stranmillis 8,139 47.3% 38.7% 3.1% 11% 2.47 km2 3,295/km2 Belfast South Belfast South [7]
Laganbank 36,790 51.9% 33.3% 3.8% 11% 8.27 km2 4,449/km2


The Palm House, Belfast Botanic Gardens
Election Councillor
2011 Kate Mullan
Deirdre Hargey
(Sinn Féin)
Pat McCarthy
Christopher Stalford
Catherine Curran
2005 Peter O'Reilly
Alex Maskey
(Sinn Féin)
Michael McGimpsey
2001 Jim Clarke
1997 Steve McBride
Sean Hayes
(Sinn Féin)
Alasdair McDonnell
1993 Peter O'Reilly
1989 Rhonda Paisley
J. J. Dixon Gilmore
1985 W F McDowell
Billy Blair

2011 Elections[edit]

See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Catherine Curran 1,518
Sinn Féin Deirdre Hargey 1,383
SDLP Patrick McCarthy 1,361
DUP Christopher Stalford 1,126
UUP Michelle Bostock 921
SDLP Kate Mullan 833
Green (NI) Claire Bailey 500
People Before Profit Mark Hewitt 144
Socialist Party Paddy Meehan 136
Workers' Party Patrick Lynn 88
Turnout 8,010
Alliance gain from Ulster Unionist

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Ward Information for Ballynafeigh ward 95GG05". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ward Information for Botanic ward 95GG12". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ward Information for Rosetta ward 95GG38". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Ward Information for Shaftesbury ward 95GG39". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Ward Information for Stranmillis ward 95GG42". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  8. ^ Elections 2011: Balmoral, Belfast City Council

Coordinates: 54°35′00″N 5°56′02″W / 54.5832°N 5.9338°W / 54.5832; -5.9338