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St patricks catholic church,Loughguile.jpg
St Patrick's Catholic church
Loughguile is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population2,000 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceD082250
• Belfast46 mi (74 km)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT44
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
55°03′40″N 6°18′22″W / 55.061°N 6.306°W / 55.061; -6.306Coordinates: 55°03′40″N 6°18′22″W / 55.061°N 6.306°W / 55.061; -6.306

Loughguile (/lɒxˈɡl/ lokh-GEEL; derived from Irish: Loch gCaol, meaning "thin lake"),[1] also spelt Loughgiel or Loughgeel, is a small village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated 8 miles east of Ballymoney it is within the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area, and is at the edge of the Glens of Antrim. It had a population of 396 people (128 households) in the 2011 Census.[2]


The local school is St Patrick's Primary School.


The hurling team, Loughgiel Shamrocks, is the only team in Ulster to have won the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship, doing so in 1983 and 2012. The club also currently has the highest number of county titles in Antrim (20).


  • George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney (14 May 1737 – 31 May 1806), British statesman, colonial administrator and diplomat.
  • Bishop Henry Henry (1846–1908) was from Loughguile.
  • Cahal Daly (1917–2009), Bishop of Down and Connor and Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, was from Loughguile.
  • Monsignor Sean Connolly, Vicar General of the Diocese of Down and Connor, is from Loughgiel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ "Loughguile". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.

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