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Ballyclare
Bealach Cláir
Location
WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates:
54.751° N 5.999° W
Statistics
Province: Ulster
County: County Antrim
District: Newtownabbey
UK Parliament: South Antrim
European Parliament: Northern Ireland
Dialling Code: 028, +44 28
Post Town: Ballyclare
Postal District(s): BT39
Population (2001) 8,770

Ballyclare (in Irish: Bealach Cláir, ie way or pass of the plain) is a small town in the Six Mile Valley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 8,770 people in the 2001 Census. Under the reorganization of Northern Ireland local government in the 1970s, Ballyclare lost its Urban District status and was absorbed into the Newtownabbey Borough Council area. Bullet for locations in Ireland, displays location and not area. ... Image File history File links NorthernIrelandNewtownabbey. ... GPS satellite in orbit The Global Positioning System (GPS), is the only fully-functional satellite navigation system. ... During late Gaelic and early historic times Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the tuatha. ... Statistics Area: 24,481 km² Population (2006 estimate) 1,993,918 Ulster (Irish: Cúige Uladh, IPA: ) forms one of the four traditional provinces of Ireland. ... The island of Ireland was historically divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). After the partition of Ireland in 1921, what became the Republic of Ireland comprised 26 of these, with Northern Ireland comprising the remaining six. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Antrim Area: 2,844 km² Population (est. ... Northern Ireland is divided into 26 districts for local government purposes. ... Newtownabbey Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... South Antrim is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... 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History

People have lived here for five thousand years. Invaders included Vikings and Normans. The earliest evidence of people in this area is a horde of flint arrow heads found when houses were being built north of the river in November 1968. There are 39 flints - some perfectly finished and others are blank indicating an 'industry' and trading here near the river crossing over four thousand years ago. The name Viking is a loan from the native Scandinavian term for the Norse seafaring warriors who raided the coasts of Scandinavia, Europe and the British Isles from the late 8th century to the 11th century, the period of European history referred to as the Viking Age. ... Norman conquests in red. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Stone tool. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


When the Normans built the castle at Carrickfergus they placed a line of outposts along the river which was then called the "Ollar"- River of the Rushes. In time the soldiers making the journey from Carrickfergus to Antrim reached the river at this spot when they had traveled six miles so began to call the Ollar the Six Mile Water. One of these mottes is close by the river in the War Memorial Park in Ballyclare. There are two on opposite sides of the river at Doagh and one at Antrim. The village grew after the Plantation of Ulster and was granted permission by King George II in 1756 to hold two fairs each year making it an important market centre. Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated beside the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim and on the shore of Belfast Lough in the northeast of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... The Six Mile Water, also known historically as the Ollar, is a small river in southern County Antrim, Northern Ireland. ... Doagh, a village in the Six Mile Water Valley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is two miles west of Ballyclare. ... The Plantation of Ulster was a planned process of colonisation which took place in the northern Irish province of Ulster during the early 17th century in the reign of James I of England. ... George II (George Augustus; 10 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. ... 1756 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


At the same time as the Pilgrim Fathers landed in America it was settled by Scots planters. Jonathan Swift preached here and it was from here the families of Mark Twain, Sam Houston and General Alexander Macomb left for America. The people of Ballyclare and the surrounding villages played a part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and fought in the Battle of Antrim. At the beginning of the twentieth century Ballyclare was a growing industrial town with an Urban Council and became the largest paper producer in Ireland. It had a narrow gauge rail link to Larne and a broad gauge connection to Belfast. This article is about the colonists of North America. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Today, a plantation is a place where people plant things, usually botanics. ... Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745) was an Irish priest, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet, famous for works like Gullivers Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapiers Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, writer, and lecturer. ... Sam Houston Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793–July 26, 1863) was a 19th century American statesman, politician and soldier. ... Alexander Macomb is the name of: Alexander Macomb (1748-1831), American merchant and land speculator Alexander Macomb (1782-1841), Son of the above, Major-General in command of the U.S. Army 1828-1841. ... The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (Éirí Amach 1798 in Irish), or 1798 rebellion as it is known locally, was an uprising in 1798, lasting several months, against the British dominated Kingdom of Ireland. ... The Battle of Antrim was fought on June 7, 1798, between Great Britain and Ireland. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ...


Demographics

Ballyclare is classified as a Small Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 8,770 people living in Ballyclare. Of these: April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 21.5% were aged under 16 years and 18.9% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
  • 4.5% were from a Catholic background and 92.3% were from a Protestant background
  • 3.3% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service Protestantism is one of three main groups within Christianity, whose beliefs are centered on Jesus. ...


Literature

Archibald McIlroy's novel "When Lint Was In The Bell" is a light-hearted, lightly fictionalized chronicle of life in 19th century Ballyclare. A Ballyclare native, born c. 1860, Mr. McIlroy was lost in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner owned by the Cunard Steamship Line Shipping Company, built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland, and launched on June 7, 1906. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Music

Two award-winning musical ensembles frequently represent the town on the regional, national and international stage: the Ballyclare Male Choir since 1933, and the Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band since 1919. The current conductor of the Flute Band is Colin Fleming, principal flautist with the Ulster Orchestra. The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... The Ulster Orchestra is Northern Irelands only full-time symphony orchestra and one of the major orchestras in the United Kingdom. ...


Ballyclare is the hometown of Andy Cairns, guitarist and vocalist from one of Northern Ireland's top hard rock exports - Therapy? Andrew James Cairns is a founding member, singer, guitarist and songwriter for Therapy?, a hard rock band from Northern Ireland. ... Therapy? are a heavy metal rock band from Northern Ireland. ...


The May Fair

Ballyclare May Fair occurs on a Tuesday in May every year, and is part of a week of festivities. The tradition stems from a grant by King George II to hold two yearly fairs, although only the May Fair now survives. The fair began as a local horse fair, but representatives of cavalry regiments came from all over Europe came to buy as the reputation of the fair spread. The fair's heyday ended with the First World War, but it is still a well-loved event in the town. George II (George Augustus; 10 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


The May Fair is one of the few horse fairs now left in the country. The Main Street is sanded down and given over to horse selling for the day. However, there is now a variety of modern amusements in the square. Other events include the Mayor's Parade, followed by sports, street events, concerts and exhibitions. Local shops compete for the best dressed window, and children take part in fancy dress competitions and the Duck Race. A May Fair Queen is chosen to represent the town over the next year.


Recently, various "celebrities" have been involved in the opening of the May Fair, including famous Northern Ireland DJ, Hugo Duncan, several regular contenders of the hit Saturday evening show "The Gladiators" and the much loved runner up of "X-Factor", Chico.


Education

Ballyclare High School. ...

Sport

Ballyclare Comrades F.C. is a Northern Ireland football club playing in the Irish Football League. ...

References

  • Culture Northern Ireland

See also

This is a list page for towns in Northern Ireland. ... This is a list page for villages in Northern Ireland. ... Market Houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. ...

External links

Coordinates: 54°46′N 6°01′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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