Mill Bay, County Antrim

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Mill Bay is a small village on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It sits by the tiny Carnspindle Bay, within the townland of Carnspindle. It is in the Larne Borough Council area. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 103 people (40 households). [1] (2001 census: 93 people).

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The Ballylumford Dolmen is better known to locals as the Druid's Altar. Historical artifacts have been recovered by archaeologists from under the dolmen, which would appear to have stood over a burial chamber of ancient times. It is situated on the road between Mill Bay and Ballylumford. [2]

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References

  1. "Mill Bay". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  2. "County Antrim - Heritage/Historical - Ballylumford Dolmen". County Antrim.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2007-12-05.

Coordinates: 54°49′27″N5°44′56″W / 54.82417°N 5.74889°W / 54.82417; -5.74889