Cullybackey

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Cullybackey or Cullybacky (from Irish Coill na Baice 'wood of the river bend') [1] is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies 3 miles north-west of Ballymena, on the banks of the River Main, and is part of Mid and East Antrim district. It is a predominantly Protestant area. It had a population of 2,569 people in the 2011 Census. [2]

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History

Cullybackey was part of the ancient kingdom of Dál nAraidi. Evidence of ancient dwellers in the area have been found throughout the years, including the remains of Crannogs and Souterrains. [3]

Christian Missionary Mackevet erected a monastery in the area. It is said that when Mackevet first approached the Irish Chieftain MacAfee about this matter the two began to argue over it and Mackevet, who was a large man raised his fist into the chieftains face and said "I'm a man of peace, but smell that MacAfee". This won him the argument and the monastery was built, supplying the area with a place of learning for many centuries afterwards. [4]

In 1778 a corps was raised by John Dickey of Cullybackey House, They named themselves 'The Cullybackey Volunteers'. [5]

In 1847, the village contained 235 residents and contained about 50 houses. [5]

Notable Cullybackey people

Places of interest

Sport

Music

Groups and Associations

Transport

Translink (Northern Ireland) run both trains and bus's through the village daily.

The first sod on the Belfast railway line was turned in 1845 and the line from Ballymena to Portrush was completed in 1855 [10] The railway line is still well used by the population of Cullybackey today with trains stopping at the station almost hourly throughout the day.

There are bus stops at both ends and in the middle of the Main Street. bus stops are dotted around the surrounding townlands.

Education

Demography

2011 Census

It had a population of 2,569 people (1,088 households) in the 2011 Census. [2] On Census day in 2011:

2001 Census

Cullybackey is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e., with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,405 people living in Cullybackey. Of these:

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

Controversies

In August 2005, the local Catholic church was attacked. [11]

17 February 2008 a house of a Polish family was attacked. [12]

In 2010 an upsurge in anti social behaviour and violence has been linked to paramilitary groups in the village. [13] However, after an investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland a statement was issued by a local police inspector who denied that paramilitaries were involved. [14]

See also

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Coordinates: 54°53′N6°21′W / 54.883°N 6.350°W / 54.883; -6.350