Aghalee

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Aghalee
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Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Aghalee
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Location within Northern Ireland
Population774 (2001 Census)
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County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CRAIGAVON
Postcode district BT67
Dialling code 028
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Antrim
54°31′13″N6°16′16″W / 54.520235°N 6.271133°W / 54.520235; -6.271133 Coordinates: 54°31′13″N6°16′16″W / 54.520235°N 6.271133°W / 54.520235; -6.271133

Aghalee (from Irish : Achadh Lí, meaning 'field of calves') is a village, townland and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is three miles from the southeast corner of Lough Neagh on the main road between Lurgan and Antrim and about 13 kilometres west of Lisburn. The village lies on the steep wooded slopes of Friar's Glen and is beside the now disused Lagan Navigational Canal. In the 2001 Census, Aghalee had a population of 774.

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Aghalee has several places of worship, a community hall, Orange Hall, GP Surgery, filling station and shop, a Pharmacy and fast food takeaway. The village is also home to a vocational training centre, a nursing home and a children's day nursery. Ulsterbus services link the village with Lisburn, Antrim, Lurgan and Belfast.

History

Lagan Navigation Canal (disused) at Broadwater, near Aghalee Lagan Navigational Canal (disused) at Broadwater, near Aghalee.jpg
Lagan Navigation Canal (disused) at Broadwater, near Aghalee

Much of the early development of Aghalee was due to its strategic location beside the Lagan Navigational Canal which opened at the end of the 18th century. The village became a distribution centre for the surrounding area and developed as an important lock station on the Lagan Navigation, as it was one of the last sizeable settlements before the canal entered Lough Neagh. While the canal operated, trade continued on a significant scale. When the canal finally ceased to operate in 1954, the area began to decline in commercial importance. The population of the settlement decreased considerably in the latter part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century.

The village retains many of the 18th century structures and buildings belonging to the canal. From the 1970s Aghalee developed as a commuter area for Belfast and Craigavon and this was accompanied by significant population growth. In recent times, development has occurred on the lands to the west of the village core.

2001 Census

Aghalee is classified as a Small Village or Hamlet. [1] On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 774 people living in Aghalee. Of these:

2011 Census

On Census day in 2011:

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