Ballymoney

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Ballymoney
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Ballymoney town hall
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Ballymoney
Location within Northern Ireland
Population10,402 (2011 Census)
  Belfast 48 mi (77 km)
District
County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BALLYMONEY
Postcode district BT53
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
Website www.ballymoney.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim
55°04′16″N6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508 Coordinates: 55°04′16″N6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508

Ballymoney (from Irish : Baile Monaidh, meaning "townland of the moor" [3] [ˈbˠaːlˠaːˈmˠɔnˠɪ] ) is a small town and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is currently served by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. The civil parish of Ballymoney is situated in the historic baronies of Dunluce Upper and Kilconway in County Antrim, and the barony of North East Liberties of Coleraine in County Londonderry. [4] It had a population of 10,402 people in the 2011 Census. [5]

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Ballymoney has expanded in recent years and many new houses have been built. This is primarily as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area. Ballymoney is located on the main road between Coleraine and Ballymena, with good road and rail connections to the main cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry.

The Ballymoney area has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 79.9 years and 83.8 years for females in years between 2010 and 2012. [6] Conversely, it was revealed in 2013 that Ballymoney residents are more likely to die from heart disease than anywhere else in Northern Ireland. [7]

The town hosts the Ballymoney Drama Festival, the oldest drama festival in Ireland, which was founded in 1933. The town also hosts the Ballymoney Show, which is one of the oldest agricultural shows in Northern Ireland and was founded in 1902. [8]

History

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Main Street, Ballymoney, in the early 1900s

The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Ballymoney, which includes a list of incidents in Ballymoney during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

Politics

Ballymoney district is part of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. In 2014, the residents elected 3 Democratic Unionist Party, 2 Ulster Unionist Party, 1 Traditional Unionist Voice and 1 Sinn Féin councillors.

Demography

On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 10,402 people living in Ballymoney (4,354 households), [5] an increase of 15.3% on the Census 2001 population of 9,021. [9] Of these:

Buildings of note

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Ballymoney town clock.

Ballymoney is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many buildings of historic note in the town centre. [10]

People

Arts and Media

Politics

Sports

Education

Nursery Schools

Primary schools

Ballymoney Primary School, also known as Ballymoney Model, [12] is situated at the top of the North Road and holds approximately 360 pupils each year. The school is within the Northern Eastern Education Library Board area.
The school is one of the largest within Ballymoney, housing eleven classrooms running from P1 to P7. It also has a large dinner hall, assembly hall, and a computer room. The school has a library and a classroom for special needs children.
Historically, Ballymoney Primary has been a predominately protestant school, but was scheduled to be integrated in September 2009 following a very narrow vote in favour of the idea.
Ballymoney Primary's principal is Mr. G. McVeigh, while the vice principal is Mrs. Herron. And a new 2013 principal Mrs. Jamison
Garryduff primary school is for pupils aged 4–11, it is located on the Garryduff road approximately 3 miles out of Ballymoney it has got a new extension with a new multi-purpose hall and a new classroom. The current principal is Miss Tannahill. [13]
Landhead Primary School is a primary school for pupils aged 5 to 11 years, located on the Kilraughts Road, close to Ballymoney Rugby Club. [14]
In 2004 the Sunday Mirror reported on the school's cat "Tigger". The cat has since featured on local news and radio programmes. [15] [ dead link ]
Leaney Primary School is located near Ballymoney High School, on Intermediate Road, approximately 1 mile from the town centre. The school for children aged 4 to 11, is a part of the Eco-Schools programme which aims to raise pupils awareness of sustainable development issues. The current principal is Miss V Moorhouse. [16]
Lislagan Primary School is located about three miles from Ballymoney, in a rural location. [17] It is a controlled school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 11. Enrollment has risen steadily over the last five years and currently stands at 94. [18] It is within the North Eastern Education and Library Board area.
St. Brigid's Primary School is located in Castle Street. [19]

Secondary schools

College

Sport

Transport

Industry

Media

The Ballymoney Chronicle was established in 1844. It is the largest selling weekly newspaper in the North Coast and the second largest weekly newspaper in Northern Ireland. [22]

Town twinning

See also

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Dervock Human settlement in Northern Ireland

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