Antrim and Newtownabbey
Irish: Aontroim agus Baile Nua na Mainistreach
Ulster Scots: Anthrim an Newtownabbey
Antrim and Newtownabbey district in Northern Ireland.svg
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryNorthern Ireland
Incorporated1 April 2015
 • TypeDistrict council
 • BodyAntrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
 • Total220.9 sq mi (572.0 km2)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total142,492
 • Density650/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

Antrim and Newtownabbey is a local government district in Northern Ireland. The district was created on 1 April 2015 by merging the Borough of Antrim with the Borough of Newtownabbey. The local authority is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.


The district stretches 274 square miles (710 km2) from the lower River Bann and Lough Neagh to the shores of Belfast Lough. It has a population of 142,492.[1] The name of the new district was recommended on 17 September 2008.[2]

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Main article: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council replaced Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The first election for the new district council was originally due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until 2011.[3] The first elections took place on 22 May 2014 and the council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015.[4]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people, military units and organisation and groups have received the Freedom of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey and its predecessors.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2020)


Military Units


Organisations and Groups

See also


  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2019". Office for National Statistics. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Provisional Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland". LGBC. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  4. ^ "Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils are merging in 2015" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Council Information - Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council". Archived from the original on 31 May 2019.
  6. ^ Harte, Lauren (24 May 2022). "Ewe deserve it! Northern Ireland Hospice receives Freedom of the Borough honour". Belfast Live. Retrieved 25 May 2022.

Coordinates: 54°43′N 6°13′W / 54.717°N 6.217°W / 54.717; -6.217