Monkstown, County Antrim

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Monkstown is the name of a townland[1] (of 811 acres)[2] and electoral ward in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the urban area of Newtownabbey and the Newtownabbey Borough Council area. The townland was previously called Ballynamanagh (from Irish Baile na Manach, meaning "townland of the monks")[1][3][4][5] It is also situated in the civil parish of Carnmoney and the historic barony of Belfast Lower.[2]

The settlement used to be quite small, but has recently seen some major developments in both jobs and new housing estates.[citation needed] The Community school serves as both school and as community centre.[citation needed] Canadian-owned company, Nortel Networks, had a factory in Monkstown.


Monkstown railway station is currently closed on the Belfast-Derry railway line run by Northern Ireland Railways.




18th Newtownabbey Old Boys F.C. and Nortel F.C. play association football in the Northern Amateur Football League.


  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ a b "Monkstown". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Reeves, William. Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Down, Connor, and Dromore, Consisting of a taxation of these Dioceses. BiblioBazaar, LLC. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-113-69516-1. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ Hill, George. An historical account of the Macdonnells of Antrim : Including Notices Of Some Other Septs, Irish And Scottish. Kessinger Publishing. p. 453. ISBN 1-4326-4080-1. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ St. J. Clarke, The Rev. H. J. Thirty Centuries in South East Antrim. The Parish of Coole or Carnmoney. p. 128. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

Coordinates: 54°41′05″N 5°53′42″W / 54.68478°N 5.89505°W / 54.68478; -5.89505