|Irish: Baile na Mainistreach|
Overlooking the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill
Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||62,056 (2001 Census)|
|District||Antrim and Newtownabbey|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||BT36, BT37|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|NI Assembly||East Antrim|
Newtownabbey is a major urban area on the outskirts of north Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is considered to be a suburb of Belfast, it is separated from the city by the M2 motorway. At the 2001 Census, Newtownabbey Urban Area had a population of 62,056, making it the fourth largest settlement in Northern Ireland. It is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Largely a residential area, the borough is also home to many engineering and computer industries. Retail and leisure facilities include the Abbey Centre, the Valley Leisure Centre, the Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre,The Theatre at the Mill, Glengormley Moviehouse, Glengormley Sportsbowl and three large public parks. The main campus for the University of Ulster is based in the Jordanstown area of Newtownabbey. Although the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster is due to merge with the current Belfast campus which is due to be completed by 2018.
Newtownabbey was formed by the merging of seven villages; Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Whitewell. It was formally brought into being on 1 April 1958. Before its inception the expanse fell under the jurisdiction of the Belfast Rural District Council.
The timeline of the local government authority is: Newtownabbey Urban District Council (1958–1973), Newtownabbey District Council (1973–1977), Newtownabbey Borough Council (1977–2015) and Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council (2015– ).
By the spring of 2015 Newtownabbey Borough Council will be officially merged with adjacent Antrim Council to form the new Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council under Local Government restructuring plans devised by the Northern Ireland Executive. This name is still to be confirmed.
Below is a list of townlands that are within Newtownabbey's urban area, alongside their likely etymologies.
- Ballybought (from Irish: Baile Bocht, meaning "poor town")*
- Ballyduff (historically Ballymacelduffe; from Baile Mhic Giolla Dhuibh meaning "MacElduff's townland")*
- Ballygolan (historically Ballingowlan; from Baile an Ghabhláin or Baile Gobhláin meaning "townland of the fork")*
- Ballyhenry (from Baile Enri meaning "Henry's townland")*
- Ballyvesey (from Baile Feasoighe meaning "Vesey's townland")*
- Ballywonard (from Baile Mhuine Ard meaning "townland of the high thicket")*
- Carnmoney (from Carn Monaidh meaning "cairn of the bog")*
- Collinward (from Coll an Bháird meaning "the bard's hazel")*
- Cloughfern (historically Ballycurraghfarny; from Cruach Fearna meaning "stack of the alder" or Currach Fearnaí meaning "marsh of the place of alders")*
- Drumnadrough (from Druimainn Dorcha meaning "dark ridge" or Druim na gCruach meaning "ridge of the stacks"), where Merville Garden Village is located
- Dunanney (from Dún Aine meaning "Aine's stronghold")*
- Glengormley (from Gleann Ghormlaithe meaning "blue-grey valley")*
- Jordanstown (historically Ballyjordan and Ballyjurdan)
- Mallusk or Molusk (historically Moyvluske and Moyvliske; from Maigh Bhloisce meaning "Bloisce's plain")*
- Monkstown (historically Ballynamanagh; from Baile na Manach meaning "townland of the monks")
- White House
* citation for derivations
The following housing estates have Irish-derived names, although they are not named after townlands:
Electoral areas and wards
Until 2014 Newtownabbey operated under its own council comprising Ballyclare, Glengorley, Jordanstown, Carnmoney, Mallusk and Rathcoole. However, from 2014 it has operated as a larger Council after merging with Antrim to create Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The current electoral ward and areas are:
- Airport (1 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 Sinn Féin, 2 UUP)
(Aldergrove, Clady, Crumlin, Mallusk, and Templepatrick)
- Antrim (1 Alliance, 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 SDLP)
(Antrim Centre, Fountain Hill, Greystone, Springfarm, Steeple, and Stiles)
- Ballyclare (3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 TUV)
(Ballyclare East, Ballyclare West, Ballynure, Ballyrobert, and Doagh)
- Dunsilly (2 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP 1 Sinn Féin)
(Cranfield, Parkgate, Randalstown, Shilvodan, and Toome)
- Glengormley Urban (1 Alliance, 3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Sinn Féin)
(Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Carnmoney, Collinbridge, Glebe, Glengormley, and Hightown)
- Macedon (1 Alliance, 4 DUP, 1 UUP)
(Abbey, Carnmoney Hill, O'Neill, Rathcoole, Valley, and Whitehouse)
- Three Mile Water (1 Alliance, 3 DUP, 2 UUP)
(Ballyduff, Fairview, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Mossley, and Rostulla)
Newtownabbey Urban Area is classified as a large town (i.e. with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people in the 2001 census) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and is within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 85,139 people living in Newtownabbey. Of these:
- 20.4% were aged under 16 years and 15.4% were aged 65 and over
- 48.2% of the population were male and 51.8% were female
- 22.56% were from a Catholic background and 67.76% were from a Protestant background.
- 3.8% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
- Higher-level education
- Secondary-level education
- Ballyclare High School
- Belfast High School
- Edmund Rice College
- Glengormley High School
- Monkstown Community School
- Newtownabbey Community High School
- Primary-level education
- Abbots Cross Primary School
- Ashgrove Primary School
- Ballyhenry Primary School
- Carnmoney Primary School
- Earlview Primary School
- Glengormley Integrated Primary School
- Hazelwood Integrated Primary School
- HillCroft Special Needs School
- Hollybank Primary School
- Jordanstown Schools for the Deaf and Blind
- Kings Park Primary School
- Mossley Primary School
- Rathcoole Primary School
- Rosstulla Special School
- St Bernard's Primary School
- St James's Primary School
- St MacNissi's Primary School
- St Mary's on the Hill Primary School
- Thornfield House School
- Whiteabbey Primary School
- Whitehouse Primary School
- Academy Cricket Club
- Cliftonville Cricket Club
- 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys F.C.
- FC Whiteabbey
- Mossley Young Men F.C.
- Nortel F.C.
- Rathfern Rangers F.C.
- U.U.J. F.C.
- Academy Rugby Club
- Ballyclare Rugby Club
- Belfast High School Former Pupils Rugby Club
- Ophir Rugby Club
- Belfast International Sports Club
- Valley Ju-jitsu Club (WJJF)
- Mossley Bowling Club
- Abbey Judo Club (www.abbeyjudo.com)
- Abbey Presbyterian Church
- Abbots Cross Congregational Church
- Ballycraigy Congregational Church
- Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church
- The Church of the Good Shepherd (United Church of Ireland and Methodist)
- Church of the Holy Spirit (Church of Ireland) Mossley
- Church of the Holy Evangelists (Church of Ireland) Carnmoney
- Monkstown Baptist Church
- Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church
- Saint James's Catholic Church
- St Mary's on the Hill Parish Church
- St Bernard's Church
- St Brigid's Parish of Mallusk
- St Mac Nissi's Church
- St. Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland)
- Straid Congregational Church
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church
- Whiteabbey Congregational Church
- Whiteabbey Methodist Church
- Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church
- Whitehouse Presbyterian Church
Northern Ireland Railways runs trains serving three railway stations: Mossley West railway station on the Belfast–Derry railway line and Jordanstown railway station and Whiteabbey railway station on the Belfast–Larne railway line.
Connecting trains run on the Belfast-Derry railway line from Mossley West, "Northbound" to: Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine (for the branch to University (Coleraine), Dhu Varren and Portrush), Castlerock, Bellarena, Londonderry. And "Southbound" to Yorkgate, Belfast Central (change for Belfast-Bangor railway line and the Enterprise), Botanic, City Hospital, Belfast Great Victoria Street and onwards.
Whilst the Belfast-Larne railway line serving Whiteabbey and Jordanstown and connects with other stations including the principal stations of Carrickfergus, Whitehead, Larne Town and Larne Harbour, heading "Northbound". And heading "Southbound" the same stations as listed above apply.
Bus services are provided by Metro on key corridor routes 1 serving Antrim Road and 2 serving Shore Road
Bus Routes are as follows
- 1A Queen Street-Glenvile (Monkstown Avenue) via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Carnmoney Road, Ballyduff Road and Doagh Road.
- 1B Queen street-New Mossley (Manse Way) via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road,
Glengormley, Jubilee Way (Tesco Glengormley), Ballyclare Road and New Mossley.
- 1C Queen Street-Glenville (Monkstown Avenue) via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Jubilee Way (Tesco Glengormley), Ballyclare Road, New Mossley, Beverley Road, Ballyduff Road and Doagh Road.
- 1D Queen Street-Mossley West Railway Station via Royal Avenue, Duncairn Gardens, Antrim Road,
Glengormley,Ballyclare Road, New Mossley, Campbell Road, Carnmoney Road North and The Glade.
- 1E Queen Street-Roughfort via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Hightown Road, Mallusk Road,Mallusk Industrial Estate, Mallusk Cemetery and Old Coach Road.
- 1F Queen Street-Blackrock (Hydepark Road) via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Sandyknowes Park, Scullions Road and Mallusk Industrial Estate.
- 1G Queen Street-New Mossley (Ballyearl Way) Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Sandyknowes Park, Ballyhenry Road and Ballyclare Road.
- 1J Queen Street-Royal Mail (Enterprise Way) via Royal Avenue, Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road, Glengormley, Hightown Road and Mallusk Road.
- 2A Queen Street-Fairview Road via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Whitewell Road, Bellevue, Glengormley, Ballyclare Road, Burnthill Road, Carnmoney Road and Beverley Shops.
- 2B Queen Street-Fairview Road via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Abbeycentre, Whitewell Road, Bellevue, Glengormley, Ballyclare Road, Manse Road and Beverley Shops.
- 2C Queen Street-Monkstown Estate (Devenish Drive) via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Merville Garden Village, Doagh Road, Whiteabbey Hospital, Cloghfern corner, Monkstown Road and Monkstown.
- 2D Queen Street-Fairview Road via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Abbeycentre, Valley Leisure Centre, Rathcoole Estate (Derrycoole Way), Green End, Doagh Road, Whiteabbey Hospital, Cloghfern corner, Monkstown Road and Monkstown.
- 2E Queen Street-Monkstown Estate (Devenish Drive) via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Merville Garden Village, Rathcoole (Rathcoole Drive and Derrycoole Way), Green End, Doagh Road, Whiteabbey Hospital, Cloghfern corner, Monkstown Road and Monkstown.
- 2G Queen Street-Monkstown Estate (Devenish Drive) via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Merville Garden Village, Whitehouse, East Antrim Institute, Whiteabbey Village, Circular Road and Jordanstown Road.
- 2H Queen Street-Rathfern (Knockenagh Avenue) via Royal Avenue, Cityside Shopping Centre, Yorkgate Railway Station, York Road, Shore Road, Merville Garden Village, Rathcoole (Rathcoole Drive and Derrycoole Way), Green End, Doagh Road, Whiteabbey Hospital and Cloghfern corner.
- 13 Queen Street CITYEXPRESS serving Ballyhenry Road, Prince Charles Way, Carnmoney Road, Fairview Road, Ballyduff Road, Doagh Road, Cloghfern Corner, Whiteabbey Hospital, Whitehouse and M5 back to city centre.
- 14 Queen Street CITYEXPRESS serving Whitehouse, Whiteabbey Hospital, Cloghfern Corner, Doagh Road, Ballyduff Road, Fairview Road, Carnmoney Road, Prince Charles Way, Ballyhenry Road and M2 back to city centre.
- please note short workings operate on both city express routes to Hydepark,Abbot's Cross and Glenville.
- single Adult Fare is £2.20 on all Newtownabbey Routes To City Centre From Newtownabbey
Recommended if making more than one journey to buy day ticket which costs £3.20 (Before 9:30 & after 15:00) and £3.70 at all other times.
Newtownabbey is twinned with:
- Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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