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Parish of Malew
Population: 2262
Sheading: Rushen
Parish Church:
Malew Church

Malew (Manx: Malew) is a parish in the Isle of Man. It is in the sheading of Rushen together with the neighbouring parishes of Rushen and Arbory.

It is named after the Celtic Saint, Malew, also known as Saint Moluag, whose feast day is 25 June.

Malew parish covers an area from Langness Peninsula and Scarlett up to Foxdale, and includes the villages of Ballasalla, St Mark's and Derbyhaven. The area includes both Ronaldsway and Balthane industrial estates and the Isle of Man Airport. Geographically it also includes Castletown, but that town is administered separately. As a result, there is a small exclave of the parish which includes Scarlett Point.


The parish is bordered on the east by Castletown and Santon Burn; on the north by the Granite Mountain and the South Barrule; by an irregular line from the South Barrule to Poyll Vaaish on the west; and by the sea on the south. It contains about 15 square miles (39 km2). Most of the parish is low and undulating, forming much of the southern plain of the island. The northern portion is more hilly, including the South Barrule, the highest point of the south of the island at 483 metres (1,585 ft). The Silver Burn river rises near the South Barrule and flows under the Monks Bridge at Ballasalla, reaching the sea at Castletown harbour.

The coast line is low, but rocky and dangerous. Castletown Bay is a deep but exposed and dangerous inlet between Langness and Scarlett. The headlands are Dreswick Point and Langness Point, the two southern extremities of Langness peninsula; and Scarlett Point, a conical mass of sub-columnar basalt. At the northern end of Langness is St Michael's Island.

The district is chiefly agricultural. Near the village of Ballasalla are the ruins of Rushen Abbey, founded in 1098, and dissolved late in the reign of Elizabeth I of England, and an ancient packhorse bridge over the Silver Burn, called the Crossag, or Monk's Bridge, too narrow for vehicles. Derbyhaven is a tiny hamlet on an isthmus, with a natural harbour, protected by a small breakwater. St. Mark's, in the north of the parish, is a small agricultural village clustered round a chapel of ease.


The Isle of Man census 2016 lists the population of the parish as 2,167, a slight decrease from the population of 2,385 in 2011.[1]


The local authority is Malew Parish Commissioners who are based in Ballasalla.[2] There are currently five commissioners. The day-to-day activities of the authority are run by the clerk, Mr Barry Powell.[3]

Since 2016, Malew has been part of the Arbory, Castletown & Malew constituency of the House of Keys. Previously it was in the Malew and Santon constituency.


Manx2 has its head office on the property of Isle of Man Airport in Ballasalla.[4]

When it existed, Manx Airlines had its head office on the grounds of Isle of Man Airport.[5] BA Connect (BA CitiExpress) had an engineering base in Ronaldsway, employing 110 people. After Flybe acquired BA Connect, Flybe announced that it would discontinue the base.[6]


  1. ^ "Isle of Man Census 2016 Summary Results" (PDF). Economic Affairs Division, Isle of Man Treasury. 2016. p. 80. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Malew Parish - News". Malew Parish Commissioners. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Malew Parish Commissioners". Malew Parish Commissioners. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Customer Services." Manx2. Retrieved on 11 February 2011. "Our head office is located at: Manx2 Limited Hangar 9 Isle of Man Airport Ballasalla, Isle Of Man IM9 2AY."
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 26 March-1 April 1997. 86.
  6. ^ "FLYBE TO AXE ENGINEERING BASE." Isle of Man Today. 9 March 2007. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.

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Coordinates: 54°6′2″N 4°38′15″W / 54.10056°N 4.63750°W / 54.10056; -4.63750