Even though the gang warfare being waged by rival Protestant and Catholic youths in Ballymena has forced police to increase patrols, Sir Hugh insisted the town was not “a centre of evil”. By 1581, Smith's settlement failed and the lands reverted to the crown. On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 29,551 people living in Ballymena, accounting for 1.63% of the NI total,[4] representing an increase of 2.9% on the 2001 Census population of 28,717. Ballymena, the first northern town to have a DUP council majority, is not a place where Protestants find it easy to speak up for their Catholic neighbours. Notable employers were Michelin in Broughshane, JTI Gallaher in Galgorm and Wrightbus. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a district, called Ballymena and comprises also the parish of Ballyclug: there are chapels at Ballymena and Crebilly; also three places of worship for Presbyterians and one for Wesleyan Methodists. You seem to have a mixed logic Harry. The estate was temporarily renamed "Kinhilstown" after Adair's lands in Scotland. [3], Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. More Protestants targetted in Dunclug/Ballymena. Ballymena /ˌbæliˈmiːnə/[7] (from Irish: An Baile Meánach, meaning "the middle townland",[8] Irish pronunciation: [ən̪ˠ ˈbˠalʲə ˈmʲaːn̪ˠəx]) is a town in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. The town centre has many historic buildings. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. A total of eleven people were killed in or near the town by the IRA and various loyalist groups. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a district, called Ballymena and comprises also the parish of Ballyclug: there are chapels at Ballymena and Crebilly; also three places of worship for Presbyterians and one for Wesleyan Methodists. The castle was not completed until 1887. In the 2001 decennial census, the Census Office for Northern Ireland (CONI) asked a new question to attempt to achieve a more accurate depiction of the balance of the mainly unionist Protestant and mainly nationalist Catholic communities across Northern Ireland. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 ⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. Many of these young men were to serve in Korea, Cyprus and with the British Army of the Rhine. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […] Ballymena is a former local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland.It was one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973 and covered the town of Ballymena and the surrounding area which includes small towns including Broughshane, Cullybackey, Galgorm, Ahoghill and Portglenone.The borough had an area of 200 square miles (520 km 2) and a population of 64,044 … By 1834 the population of Ballymena was about 4,000. In 831, however, the Norse invaded the Ballymena area and burned the church. This tells the reader that only seven per cent of NI is not Protestant or Catholic, while on census day 2011 10.1% told the NISRA they were not religious, 0.8% identified a non-Christian denomination and 6.8% didn't answer. I'm Fr Paddy Delargy, Parish Priest of Kirkinriola, the Catholic parish of Ballymena. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. This tells the reader that only seven per cent of NI is not Protestant or Catholic, while on census day 2011 10.1% told the NISRA they were not religious, 0.8% identified a non-Christian denomination and 6.8% didn't answer. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Parishes of County Antrim V111, Vol 23, 1831–5,1837–8. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. 17.67% had some knowledge of Ulster-Scots and 5.66% had some knowledge of Irish (Gaelic). Formed in 1997 Slemish College is an integrated school, meaning it brings together children and staff from Catholic, Protestant and other traditions. Historically the Catholic community experienced a higher unemployment rate than the Protestant community, however over the past 15 years that gap has gradually narrowed. Also in 1868, a gravedigger found a large stone slab on which was carved a cross with the inscription ord do degen. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. Some sources[who? [22], October 2014 JTI Gallagher's would be closing with a loss of 877 jobs. At the end of the 5th century, a church was founded in Connor, five miles (8.0 kilometres) south of Ballymena. However major steps have been taken in recent times to deal with this. From 1996 to 1998, the church had … Recently there has been tension in the Dunclug area of the town which now has a Catholic majority. Staff Room. In 1900, Ballymena assumed urban status. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. For information on … A Catholic plurality over Protestants is predicted by the time of the 2021 census, with Catholics dominant to the west and south of Northern Ireland, while Protestants are expected to retain a majority primarily to the east and north. newry town-catholic-mixed every other club in the north playing in the if are all PROTESTANT clubs with protestant following. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. From 1996 to 1998, the church had been the scene of Loyalist protests during weekly Masses. [2] In the Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council areas, the figures at ward level vary from 95% Protestant to 99% Catholic. These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. Sectarianism is never far from the surface. The estate passed through several owners, eventually passing into the possession of William Adair, a Scottish laird from Kinhilt in southwestern Scotland. By 1704, the population of Ballymena had reached 800. Father Symonds was to be the first Catholic priest to give a sermon at Ballymena’s Methodist church for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25. Ballymena incorporates an area of 632 square kilometres (244 square miles) and is home to large villages such as Cullybackey, Galgorm, Ahoghill and Broughshane. In 1870 The People's Park was established. They stormed the Market House (now the Town Hall), killing three of its defenders. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. NI/RoI News and Events. [23], November 2015 Michelin decided to close their Ballymena factory after 50 years, resulting in the loss of up to 850 jobs.[24]. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. Ms Anderson said … Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. The UDA South East Antrim Brigade was stationed here. Ballymena's first market house (on the site of the present town hall) was built in 1684. It will depart from the church car park (83 Clarence Street off the Cullybackey Road, Ballymena, BT43 5DR) on … 19.20% were aged under 16 years and 17.61% were aged 65 and over; 52.00% of the usually resident population were female 48.00% were male; 65.76% belong to or were brought up 'Protestant and other (non Catholic Christian) (including Christian related)'and 26.71% belong to or were brought up Catholic Christian ; 65.51% indicated that they had a British national identity, 27.66% had a Northern Irish national identity and 11.25% had an Irish national identity (respondents could indicate more than one national identity); 39 years was the average (median) age of the population. The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) is laying on a FREE 53-seater coach to and from the conference (including ferry fees through Stena in Belfast)! But you can not stretch the same logic to put the onus on Ballymena Utd to confront sectarianism at local matches, you would rather like SF have been doing deny it exists. The Irish Times, May 2008. [16] The Council banned the screening of Brokeback Mountain (2005), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, as it featured a homosexual relationship. Local firm Wrightbus is also struggling citing a downturn in orders. We're in the shadow of Slemish mountain. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, reform of local government in Northern Ireland, List of districts in Northern Ireland by population, List of districts in Northern Ireland by area, List of districts in Northern Ireland by national identity, "Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_districts_in_Northern_Ireland_by_religion_or_religion_brought_up_in&oldid=990688707, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 23:27. And then there's clubs like Ballinamallard which are very cross community. In March 2000, the actor Liam Neeson, a native of Ballymena, was offered the freedom of the borough by the council, which approved the action by a 12–9 vote. Two miles (3.2 kilometres) north in the townland of Kirkinriola, the ancient parish church and graveyard possess several indicators of Early Christian settlement, including a souterrain. Roman Catholic Parish Records List of Roman Catholic Parish Records available for Antrim We have put together as many names and variations of names for each of the Roman Catholic Parishes of Co. Antrim with a list of ‘approximate’ dates that records are available for. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. Entitled ‘Prayers of Blessing for Ballymena’, the event hosted by the allegedly Protestant church was advertised in the Roman Catholic parish bulletin in the County Antrim town. The same weekend, a Catholic Church in nearby Ballymena was damaged when paint was thrown at the exterior. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer — it also asked "Religion brought up in?" The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. Even today, when you apply for a job in the North you must associate yourself with either the Catholic or the Protestant community. They created the core of the Earldom of Ulster. ", Watson-Smyth, Kate. The fire at the property in Ballymena’s mainly Catholic Dunclug estate in Co Antrim was reported at 9.15pm yesterday evening, but the Protestant family was not at home at the time. “I love working here,” he said. He hired local Irish as workers on the estate; they served as tenant farmers for much of the next two centuries and more. An impersonator of comic Roy 'Chubby' Brown was also banned. In 1641, the local Ballymena garrison were defeated by Irish rebels in the battle of Bundooragh. (Historically, the action in Irish Catholic-Protestant marriages was for the girls to be brought up with the mother's religion, and the boys with the father's. (23 March 2000). The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.[1]. In 1576, Queen Elizabeth I of England granted land, including the town of Ballymena, to Sir Thomas Smith. More often than not Roman Catholics and Protestant Dissenters failed to maintain any type of burial records. The original castle of Ballymena was built in the early 17th century, situated to take advantage of an ancient ford at the River Braid. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. , Jul 27, 2005 / 12:00 am MT ().-Tuesday saw what police have called a wave of intimidation attacks against Catholics in and around Ballymena, a mostly Protestant town northwest of Belfast. some try to claim they are clubs for all, but show up in a hoops top and you would more than likely become a football yourself,show up in … Entitled ‘Prayers of Blessing for Ballymena’, the event hosted by the allegedly Protestant church was advertised in the Roman Catholic parish bulletin in the County Antrim town. The east of the city is predominantly Protestant, typically 90% or more. On 10 September 1315, at the Battle of Tawnybrack (five miles (8.0 kilometres) south of Ballymena at Kells), Edward conquered the army of Richard De Burgo, the Norman Earl of Ulster. Like other towns in Northern Ireland, Ballymena was affected by the Troubles, a lengthy period of religious and partisan tensions and armed confrontations from the 1960s until 1998. The town used to host Ireland's largest one-day agricultural show at the Ballymena Showgrounds. Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related) 895,377 53.12 44,723 76.30 Other Religions and philosophies 6,569 0.38 189 0.32 None 45,909 2.72 1,410 2.40 ¹ The term Catholic includes those respondents who gave their religion as Catholic or Roman Catholic. Catholic farmers were much more likely to farm on very small farms, 85% of Catholic farmers compared to 68% of Protestant farmers, and more than three-quarters (77%) of Catholic farmers were engaged in cattle and sheep farming in ‘Less Favoured Areas’, compared to under half, 45%, of Protestant farmers. This was followed by a monastery at Templemoyle, Kells. Ballymena Protestant Boys, Ballymena. Following local government reoganisation in 2015, the Borough Council was merged with the Boroughs of Carrickfergus Borough Council and Larne Borough Council. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and In the 1950s St Patrick's Barracks in Ballymena was the Regimental Training Depot of the Royal Ulster Rifles (83rd & 86th). (Historically, the action in Irish Catholic-Protestant marriages was for the girls to be brought up with the mother's religion, and the boys with the father's. Ballymena is the buckle in Northern Ireland's Bible belt, the seat of the Paisley family and a place that has been likened to 1960s Mississippi. , Jul 27, 2005 / 12:00 am MT ().-Tuesday saw what police have called a wave of intimidation attacks against Catholics in and around Ballymena, a mostly Protestant town northwest of Belfast. The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. During the 1798 rebellion, Ballymena was occupied from 7 to 9 June by a force of around 10,000 United Irishmen. In 1740, the original Ballymena Castle burned down. This stone is now in the porch of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, at the end of Castle Street. General. [13] Ian Paisley was eventually made a freeman of Ballymena in December 2004 instead. His Protestant friend David says he has never had a problem with his pals being Catholic. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. In the 2011 census the same process could only assign a religion to 94% of the population and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency ceased to call the measure "community background" and instead called it "religion or religion brought up in". [clarification needed][19][20], In 2011 it was revealed that Ballymena has the third-highest level of legal gun ownership in Northern Ireland.[21]. Many young men who had been conscripted on the United Kingdom mainland, along with others who had volunteered for service in the British Army, embarked upon their period of basic training in the Regimental Depot, prior to being posted to the regular regimental battalions. ! Ringforts are found in the townland of Ballykeel and a site known as Camphill Fort in the townland of Ballee may also have been of this type. Historically the Catholic community experienced a higher unemployment rate than the Protestant community, however over the past 15 years that gap has gradually narrowed. Bishop Treanor appealed for both communities to “show the world that here in Northern Ireland we can live and let live in peace.” From 1996 to 1998, the church had … In 1973, the Urban and Rural District Councils were merged to create Ballymena Borough Council. It is a popular shopping hub within Northern Ireland and is home to Ballymena United F.C. On the protestant side theres too Groups, Uda and Uvf, Both Divided between too nearby community’s Ballee and BallyKeel, Avoid Ballykeel at all cost as out of both the two estates Ballee is the more Welcoming one with its own pub and such. (8 March 2000). This tells the reader that only seven per cent of NI is not Protestant or Catholic, while on census day 2011 10.1% told the NISRA they were not religious, 0.8% identified a non-Christian denomination and 6.8% didn't answer. Find Roman Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. The east of the city is predominantly Protestant, typically 90% or more. Both Michelin and JTI have left the area. Ballymena Protestant Boys (The Proddy Boys) are a blood and thunder flute band based in Harryville Ballymena. It had a population of 29,551 people at the 2011 Census.[4]. News, Belfast Telegraph, The Scotsman, iNews and others all reporting the 48% Protestant, 45% Catholic breakdown. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. [18], Recreational drugs have been a major problem in the town, earning it the moniker "the drugs capital of the North". The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. The first modern Roman Catholic Church in Ballymena was consecrated in 1827. "There is a newly-found confidence among Catholics in Ballymena. ! There are very few Catholic records which pre-date 1800. Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queens University Belfast. The Gracehill Moravian settlement was founded in 1765. Welcome to our parish website. International News and Events. There is a lot going for it." They were housed with local families.[12]. crucible of sectarianism. Roman Catholic Records. Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related) 895,377 53.12 44,723 76.30 Other Religions and philosophies 6,569 0.38 189 0.32 None 45,909 2.72 1,410 2.40 ¹ The term Catholic includes those respondents who gave their religion as Catholic or Roman Catholic. In 1848 the Belfast and Ballymena Railway was established. In the past five or so years Tricolours have flown intermittently in Dunclug, provoking anger in a town which is often described as having union and loyalist flags flying from every lamp post during the marching season. Judd, Terri. And there's no real alternative to being on one side or the other. "Battle Over Ballymena's Heroes." The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. (9 March 2000). The first meeting of councillors as a borough Council was held on 23 May 1939. It is hoped that the creation of a manufacturing hub at the former Michelin site will attract businesses to the area. The south of Ballymena or 'the bottom of the town' is predominantly Protestant while the north is mixed with a higher percentage of Catholic residents. The Democratic Unionist Party objected to the offer and drew attention to his comments from an interview in 1999 with an American political magazine, George. Ballykelly Primary School had one of the most balanced Catholic/Protestant enrolments of any school in Northern Ireland for the 2011/12 academic year. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. James Currie, the 58-year-old Ulster Unionist Party mayor of Ballymena, is proud of his town. Formed in 1997 Following the reform of local government in Northern Ireland the twenty-six districts created in 1973 were replaced with eleven "super districts". with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. [11] During the Second World War, Ballymena was home to a large number of evacuees from Gibraltar. "There is a newly-found confidence among Catholics in Ballymena. 1,021 likes. The same weekend, a Catholic Church in nearby Ballymena was damaged when paint was thrown at the exterior. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. It is part of the Borough of Mid and East Antrim. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. [17], The majority of the town's Catholic population is situated around the Broughshane and Cushendall Road areas. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. ], however, credit the Uí Fhloinn with building the mid-Antrim mottes and baileys in imitation of the invaders; the Uí Fhloinn defeated and repelled the Earl of Ulster, John de Courcy, in 1177 and 1178. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Since the 2010s Ballymena has seen a decline in its retail and manufacturing sectors. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. Ballinamallard - Protestant Crusaders - Protestant Portadown - Protestant Lisburn Distillery - Mixed Coleraine - Protestant Donegal Celtic - Catholic Dungannon Swifts - Mixed Ballymena Utd - Protestant Glenavon - Mixed Cliftonville - Catholic I think not 100% though !! "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. Ballymena, the first northern town to have a DUP council majority, is not a place where Protestants find it easy to speak up for their Catholic neighbours. [14], Ballymena is described by some observers as being at the heart of Northern Ireland's equivalent of the Bible Belt. In 1707, the first Protestant (Church of Ireland) parish church was built. Community Discussion. Ballymena is a large market town in the middle of County Antrim, one of the most northern counties in Ireland. During this campaign, they built great mounds of earth topped by wooden towers, referred to as mottes, as defensive structures. In 1315, Edward Bruce (brother of King Robert I of Scotland, known as "Robert the Bruce") invaded Ireland. Smith brought English settlers to the area, among the first pioneers in planting English and Scots settlers in Ireland. During the later half of the 20th century, Ballymena, like many other once prosperous industrial centres in Northern Ireland, experienced economic change and industrial restructuring; many of its former factories closed. Ballymena Castle was demolished in the 1950s. How is the onus on SF to end the actions of people who are not members of SF? [citation needed] Neeson declined the award, citing tensions, and affirmed he was proud of his connection to the town. This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 04:29. In the 12th century, the Normans conquered much of County Antrim and County Down after having taken over England the century before. As of 2018[update], the Saturday market still runs. This tells the reader that only seven per cent of NI is not Protestant or Catholic, while on census day 2011 10.1% told the NISRA they were not religious, 0.8% identified a non-Christian denomination and 6.8% didn't answer. Ballymena Protestant Boys, Ballymena. "Old hatreds Flare Over Neeson Freedom Award. Distillery would be a mixed bunch. "I think the whole Ballymena thing is overblown, but it would be wrong to say there are no problems here." In 1968 due to a series of government austerity measures, the remaining three Irish regiments, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (27th) Royal Ulster Rifles (83rd & 86th) and the Royal Irish Fusiliers (89th) merged to become the Royal Irish Rangers. The 1980s were a time of job losses in Ballymena as industry suffered and this has reoccurred in the 2010s. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. “I’ve made great friendships, both within my own congregation and within the Protestant communities. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. I wonder is it the same in Ballymena? Now i can find numerous meanings on the net for ethnic cleansing which are broad enough to include whats happening in Ballymena and others are more narrow and precise which would make it more difficult, but i hardly think that is the most important issue of this … [5] Of these: There are a number of educational establishments in the town: a town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 1813 estimate from Mason's Statistical Survey For a discussion on the accuracy of, Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway, List of localities in Northern Ireland by population, https://web.archive.org/web/20110829113640/http://www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org/nsmc_annual_report_2002_-_ulster-scots_version_%28pdf_837kb%29-2.pdf, https://web.archive.org/web/20131215195553/http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/carrickcastleus.pdf, "The Online Scots Dictionary – Read the Scots Dictionary", "Census 2011 Population Statistics for Ballymena Settlement", Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, "Census 2001 Usually Resident Population: KS01 (Settlements) - Table view", "Old Parish Church Tower Old Church Yard Entry Church Street Ballymena Co. 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