|Population||3,417 (Census 2011)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Ahoghill // or // ; from Irish Achadh Eochaille 'field of the yew forest') is a large village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, four miles from Ballymena. It is located in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area. It had a population of 3,417 people at the 2011 Census.(
In early documents, Ahoghill is referred to as Magherahoghill meaning "the plain of the yew forest."[ citation needed ]
Ahoghill had a population of 3,417 people (1,327 households) at the 2011 Census,an increase of 11.8% on the 2001 Census population of 3,055.
On Census day in 2011:
The 1859 Revival which swept through Ulster has strong connections with Ahoghill. Thousands of ordinary folk had their lives changed at this time. Especially notable is the reports of men and women weeping in the streets of Ahoghill. On Monday 14 March 1859 a thanksgiving service took place in the new First Ahoghill Presbyterian Meetinghouse at which some of the converts from Connor spoke. It was estimated that 3,000 people attended and the commotion was such that the minister ordered the building to be emptied out of fear of the crowded gallery giving way. The crowd spent upwards of three hours in the rain continuing in prayer and praise. The gallery of First Ahoghillstill bears the effects of this event; it is visibly sunken to one side.
Today Ahoghill has three Presbyterian churches, First Ahoghill on Straid Road, Brooksideon Brook Street and Trinity on Church Street. There is also St Colmanell's Church of Ireland on Church Street and the Gospel Hall on Glenhugh Road.
On 19 April 1977 William Strathearn (39), a Catholic shop owner was shot and killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) while at his home in Ahoghill. The murder was carried out by Billy McCaughey who was a UVF member despite also being a former police officer.
The village has seen frequent sectarian attacks, particularly in 2005 when several Catholic families left after attacks on their homes,and is considered a staunchly loyalist area.
See also UDA South East Antrim Brigade.
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William McCaughey was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary's Special Patrol Group and the illegal Ulster Volunteer Force's Glennane gang in the 1970s. He was imprisoned for 16 years for murder from 1980 to 1996. On his release he worked as a loyalist and Orange Order activist until his death in 2006.