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. 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. (9 March 2000). Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Parishes of County Antrim V111, Vol 23, 1831–5,1837–8. if so, the great majority of shoppers are probably unfazed by the anouncement, and might even have thought it was a new management policy. The Town Hall was built in 1924 on the site of the old Market House, and was refurbished in 2007 at a cost of roughly £20 million. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. [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. The first modern Roman Catholic Church in Ballymena was consecrated in 1827. Sectarianism is never far from the surface. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. 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 very few Catholic records which pre-date 1800. Church of Ireland registers will often include the deceased’s age, occupation and cause of death. By 1581, Smith's settlement failed and the lands reverted to the crown. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […] Both Michelin and JTI have left the area. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. "I think the whole Ballymena thing is overblown, but it would be wrong to say there are no problems here." The same weekend, a Catholic Church in nearby Ballymena was damaged when paint was thrown at the exterior. ! Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. 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. In the early 1990s the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)-dominated town council banned a performance by the ELO Part II in the township, saying they would attract "the four Ds Drink, Drugs, Devil and Debauchery". The 1980s were a time of job losses in Ballymena as industry suffered and this has reoccurred in the 2010s. Also in 1868, a gravedigger found a large stone slab on which was carved a cross with the inscription ord do degen. The town centre has many historic buildings. crucible of sectarianism. Ballymena was traditionally market town. In 1900, Ballymena assumed urban status. 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[17], The majority of the town's Catholic population is situated around the Broughshane and Cushendall Road areas. They created the core of the Earldom of Ulster. The town is built on land given to the Adair family by King Charles I in 1626, on the basis that the town holds two annual fairs and a free Saturday market in perpetuity. 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. [18], Recreational drugs have been a major problem in the town, earning it the moniker "the drugs capital of the North". For information on … 17.67% had some knowledge of Ulster-Scots and 5.66% had some knowledge of Irish (Gaelic). Recently there has been tension in the Dunclug area of the town which now has a Catholic majority. I'm Fr Paddy Delargy, Parish Priest of Kirkinriola, the Catholic parish of Ballymena. It is hoped that the creation of a manufacturing hub at the former Michelin site will attract businesses to the area. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. Bishop Treanor appealed for both communities to “show the world that here in Northern Ireland we can live and let live in peace.” 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. By Jack Holland. It had a population of 29,551 people at the 2011 Census.[4]. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. Ballymena's first market house (on the site of the present town hall) was built in 1684. 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. Being Catholic, he gave things the slant any kid who grew up wearing green in the North would. In 831, however, the Norse invaded the Ballymena area and burned the church. Find Roman Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. November 2012, the Patton Group, a major builder entered administration with the loss of 320 jobs. Ballymena Protestant Boys (The Proddy Boys) are a blood and thunder flute band based in Harryville Ballymena. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. 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. We're in the shadow of Slemish mountain. The Gracehill Moravian settlement was founded in 1765. NI/RoI News and Events. During this campaign, they built great mounds of earth topped by wooden towers, referred to as mottes, as defensive structures. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. 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 Urban District Council petitioned for borough status and the Charter was granted in December 1937. At the end of the 5th century, a church was founded in Connor, five miles (8.0 kilometres) south of Ballymena. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. [citation needed] Neeson declined the award, citing tensions, and affirmed he was proud of his connection to the town. 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. The same weekend, a Catholic Church in nearby Ballymena was damaged when paint was thrown at the exterior. 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. 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". Chit Chat. 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. From 1996 to 1998, the church had … His Protestant friend David says he has never had a problem with his pals being Catholic. Ballymena Protestant Boys (The Proddy Boys) are a blood and thunder flute band based in Harryville Ballymena. [23], November 2015 Michelin decided to close their Ballymena factory after 50 years, resulting in the loss of up to 850 jobs.[24]. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. And there's no real alternative to being on one side or the other. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer — it also asked "Religion brought up in?" The process of acceleration of Catholic interest in the music and of Protestant rejection of it, is also looked at during the rise of Civil Rights politics and ‘the troubles’ since 1966. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […] The UDA South East Antrim Brigade was stationed here. These tensions have been associated with internment bonfires and the flying of republican flags; the town has tried to reduce tensions. 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. Ballymena Protestant Boys, Ballymena. 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. In 1848 the Belfast and Ballymena Railway was established. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. 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)! Since the 2010s Ballymena has seen a decline in its retail and manufacturing sectors. And with good cause. 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 !! 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 … General Board. Roman Catholic Records. BELFAST, Northern Ireland – The bishop of Belfast appealed for Catholic and Protestant residents to prove to the world they can live together in peace after fresh sectarian violence flared during the region’s contentious Protestant marching season. ", Watson-Smyth, Kate. The east of the city is predominantly Protestant, typically 90% or more. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. 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”. You seem to have a mixed logic Harry. This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. (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. [10] Under the provisions of the Irish Land Act of 1903, the Adairs disposed of most of their Ballymena estate to the occupying tenants in 1904. As of 2018[update], the Saturday market still runs. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. 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. The same weekend, a Catholic Church in nearby Ballymena was damaged when paint was thrown at the exterior. 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. 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. It is part of the Borough of Mid and East Antrim. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. [15] It has a large Protestant majority. Formed in 1997 From 1996 to 1998, the church had … Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. [14], Ballymena is described by some observers as being at the heart of Northern Ireland's equivalent of the Bible Belt. By 1704, the population of Ballymena had reached 800. 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. 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. On 10 May 1607, the Scottish king James VI also King James I of England granted the native Irish chief, Ruairí Óg MacQuillan the Ballymena Estate. newry town-catholic-mixed every other club in the north playing in the if are all PROTESTANT clubs with protestant following. "There is a newly-found confidence among Catholics in Ballymena. In 1641, the local Ballymena garrison were defeated by Irish rebels in the battle of Bundooragh. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. Historically the Catholic community experienced a higher unemployment rate than the Protestant community, however over the past 15 years that gap has gradually narrowed. 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. The estate passed through several owners, eventually passing into the possession of William Adair, a Scottish laird from Kinhilt in southwestern Scotland. Ballymena Castle was demolished in the 1950s. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. 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 … The "old" town hall building, which also contained the post office and estate office, burned down in 1919. [22], October 2014 JTI Gallagher's would be closing with a loss of 877 jobs. The lands had been forfeited to the crown after Shane O'Neill's resistance in the 1560s. [13] Ian Paisley was eventually made a freeman of Ballymena in December 2004 instead. Following local government reoganisation in 2015, the Borough Council was merged with the Boroughs of Carrickfergus Borough Council and Larne Borough Council. More Protestants targetted in Dunclug/Ballymena. 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