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Irish: Ros Earcáin
Rasharkin Main Street - geograph.org.uk - 858014.jpg
Main Street
Rasharkin is located in Northern Ireland
 Rasharkin shown within Northern Ireland
Population 1,114 (2011 Census)
Irish grid reference C971134
   – Belfast  38 miles 
District Ballymoney
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT44
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Antrim
NI Assembly North Antrim
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°57′14″N 6°28′48″W / 54.95382°N 6.48°W / 54.95382; -6.48

Rasharkin (from Irish Ros Earcáin, meaning "Earcán's promontory"),[1] is a small village, townland and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of Ballymoney, near Dunloy and Kilrea. It had a population of 1,114 people in the 2011 Census.[2]


Historically Rasharkin was also spelt as Rosharkin and Rosarkin.[1] Rasharkin also has a rich history and features in Ballymoney's involvement in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.[3]

The Troubles[edit]

A total of 3 people were killed in the village of Rasharkin during the period known as The Troubles. One was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), and one a member of the Royal Irish Regiment (RIR), both killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on separate occasions. The other, Gerard Casey was a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and was killed by the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).


Rasharkin is in the Borough of Ballymoney and has two Councillors based in the village; Daithí McKay of Sinn Féin and Roy Wilson of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The village forms part of the North Antrim constituency and the elected MP is DUP party member Ian Paisley, Jr. In recent years there has been opposition to Orange Order parades in the village, from segments of the majority Catholic population.[4][5] There have been sectarian attacks[6] in the village.[7][8][9] The local Orange Hall has been targeted 23 times in the last two years.[10][11][12][13]

Anti Orange Order sign in Rasharkin
Rasharkin Orange Hall daubed with graffiti in August 2009

On 12 July 2009, three police officers were injured after being attacked at an Orange parade at Rasharkin, sustaining minor injuries from stones and bricks thrown by youths. Petrol bombs were also thrown and one man was arrested.[14]

In September 2010, the home of Chris Baird's mother was petrol bombed.[15] Also, Saint Mary's chapel was paint bombed.

Places of interest[edit]




2011 Census[edit]

It had a population of 1,114 people (394 households) in the 2011 Census.[2]

2001 Census[edit]

Rasharkin is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 864 people living in Rasharkin. Of these:

  • 24.9% were aged under 16 years and 15.7% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.4% of the population were male and 51.6% were female
  • 73.5% were from a Catholic background and 26.0% were from a Protestant background
  • 6.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ a b "Rasharkin". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Ballymoney Borough Council
  4. ^ "Heavy security at loyalist parade", BBC News
  5. ^ Rasharkin parade marred by violence-Ballycastle Chronicle
  6. ^ "Petrol bomb thrown at village pub", BBCD News, 11 July 2008
  7. ^ "Family 'forced out'after attack", BBC News
  8. ^ "Protestant pair forced to flee", The Newsletter
  9. ^ Man arrested after sectarian attack The Newsletter
  10. ^ Belfast Telegraph - Rasharkin Orange Hall targeted again. 12 September 2010
  11. ^ Rasharkin Orange Hall attacked again, Ballymoney Times
  12. ^ "Protestants 'under threat' as hall attacked", The Newsletter
  13. ^ "Vandals target two Orange Halls", BBC News
  14. ^ "Violence at Belfast parade route". BBC NI News. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Home of Chris Bairds mum attacked BBC NEWS
  16. ^ "Craigs Dolmen, Rasharkin". The Causeway Coast and Glens. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

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