Ballycastle
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Ballycastle harbour
Ballycastle is located in Northern Ireland
Ballycastle
Ballycastle
Location within Northern Ireland
Population5,237 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceD115407
• Belfast55 miles (89 km)
District
County
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBALLYCASTLE
Postcode districtBT54
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
FireNorthern Ireland
AmbulanceNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
Websitewww.northantrim.com
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim
55°12′18″N 6°15′29″W / 55.205°N 6.258°W / 55.205; -6.258Coordinates: 55°12′18″N 6°15′29″W / 55.205°N 6.258°W / 55.205; -6.258
View from the Rathlin boat
View from the Rathlin boat

Ballycastle (from Irish: Baile an Chaistil, meaning 'town of the castle')[4][5] is a small seaside town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is on the north-easternmost coastal tip of Ireland, in the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The harbour hosts the ferry to Rathlin Island, which can be seen from the coast. The Ould Lammas Fair is held each year in Ballycastle on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. Ballycastle is the home of the Corrymeela Community.

Ballycastle had a population of 5,237 at the 2011 census.[6] It was the seat and main settlement of the old Moyle District Council.

Demography

At the time of the 2011 Census the population of Ballycastle was 5,237.[6] Of these:

Governance

The town is located within The Glens district electoral area (DEA) of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.[7] In the 2019 Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council election, the residents of this DEA elected 2 Sinn Fein, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP and 1 Independent representatives to the council.

Places of interest

Old Lammas fair. Historically was lamb sale. Now a street get together Market stalls -Busking - street performers. Attracts upwards of sixty thousand people each year. Normally held Bank holiday Monday and Tuesday at end of August dictated by the last Tuesday based on the fact that fairs were always held on last Tuesday of the month. (When the bank holiday is last day of August the fair occurs a week earlier.)

The Marconi memorial
The Marconi memorial

Buildings of note

Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity

Transport

Rathlin Island Ferry, Ballycastle Harbour
Rathlin Island Ferry, Ballycastle Harbour

Bus services in Ballycastle are operated by Translink.

A ferry, currently operated by the Rathlin Island Ferry Company, runs between the town and Rathlin Island as part of a lifeline service. The ferry service to the island was formerly operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Ferries formerly sailed between Ballycastle and Campbeltown in Scotland, but the service was suspended in June 2002. A passenger ferry service to Campbeltown, and Port Ellen on Islay, operated by Kintyre Express, now runs seven days during summer months and on Mondays and Fridays during winter months.[13]

Ballycastle railway station opened on 18 October 1880, but was closed on 3 July 1950. It was on the Ballycastle Railway, a narrow gauge railway which ran 17 miles (27 km) connecting Ballycastle to Ballymoney station, on the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR), later Northern Counties Committee (NCC) and now part of Northern Ireland Railways.

The Troubles in Ballycastle

Waves in Ballycastle; Scotland can be seen in the background
Waves in Ballycastle; Scotland can be seen in the background

There were several incidents of what came to be known as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, including:

Parade disputes

In the past, there has been unrest during Orange Order parades in the town. In 2001, there was serious public disorder at the 12 July parade. As a result of this, the Silver Plains flute band, from nearby Moyarget, was banned from marching in the town due to allegations of sectarian conduct and paramilitary trappings.[20]

Climate

As with the rest of Ireland, Ballycastle experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The nearest official Met Office weather station for which online records are available is at Ballypatrick Forest,[21] about 4 miles (6.4 km) east-southeast of Ballypatrick.

Climate data for Ballypatrick Forest (156 m or 512 ft elevation, averages 1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
6.8
(44.2)
8.4
(47.1)
10.3
(50.5)
13.1
(55.6)
15.3
(59.5)
17.0
(62.6)
16.8
(62.2)
15.0
(59.0)
12.0
(53.6)
9.0
(48.2)
7.1
(44.8)
11.5
(52.7)
Average low °C (°F) 1.9
(35.4)
1.8
(35.2)
2.7
(36.9)
3.9
(39.0)
6.0
(42.8)
8.6
(47.5)
10.6
(51.1)
10.7
(51.3)
9.1
(48.4)
6.8
(44.2)
4.2
(39.6)
2.4
(36.3)
5.7
(42.3)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 132.3
(5.21)
94.5
(3.72)
114.1
(4.49)
85.0
(3.35)
80.6
(3.17)
79.0
(3.11)
85.2
(3.35)
102.0
(4.02)
108.4
(4.27)
155.1
(6.11)
143.0
(5.63)
133.9
(5.27)
1,313
(51.69)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 18.5 15.0 18.2 13.8 13.1 12.7 14.6 14.7 15.4 19.3 18.9 16.8 191.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 42.2 68.8 94.9 158.7 202.1 160.5 145.7 144.0 111.5 89.9 50.5 30.4 1,299.3
Source: metoffice.gov.uk[22]

Sport

Sports of local interest include tennis, bowling (Mary Street), hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, (Whitehall/Leyland Road), soccer, golf, quidditch and skateboarding.[citation needed]There is additionally a local pool league between the various pubs in the town.

Golf

Ballycastle Golf Club offers an 18-hole championship course open year-round to both members and non-members.[23] The course is one of the four courses played each June in the world-renowned Causeway Coast Golf Tournament.[24]

Tennis

During the Summer, the town hosts two tennis tournaments, one of which is run by the Moyle District Council.[25]

Association Football

Ballycastle United Football Club combined with Moyle FC in 2011, and the team now competes in the Coleraine and District morning league.[26]

Bowls

Ballycastle Bowling Club has a scenic outdoors setting that is a feature of the town's sea-front.

Notable people

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1500s

1600s

1700s

1800s

Sir Roger Casement

1900s

See also

References

  1. ^ North-South Ministerial Council: 2002 Annual Report in Ulster Scots Archived 29 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bonamargy Friary guide – Department of the Environment
  3. ^ Guide to Dunluce Castle in Ulster-Scots Archived 3 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine DOE.
  4. ^ a b Ballycastle. Placenames Database of Ireland.
  5. ^ Place Names NI
  6. ^ a b "Census 2011 Population Statistics for Ballycastle Settlement". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Local Government District Electoral Areas 2013" (PDF). Index map of Northern Ireland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Fair Head". The Gems of Antrim. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Knocklayde Mountain". Ballycastle Information. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Ballycastle". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  11. ^ "St Patrick's and St Brigid's Church". Ballycastle Parish. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Ballycastle Presbyterian Church". Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
  13. ^ "Kintyre Express – ferry services and private charters". kintyreexpress.com. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  14. ^ Patrick Carville (27 August 1973). "50 hurt in bomb blast in Ulster". Chicago Tribune.
  15. ^ "CAIN: Sutton Index of Deaths".
  16. ^ Ken Wharton (August 2014). Wasted Years, Wasted Lives. Vol. 2. Helion & Company. p. 210. ISBN 9781909982178.
  17. ^ "'Unheard Voices' – six stories from the Troubles". Ballymoney Times. 6 May 2009.
  18. ^ "Republicans". The Daily Telegraph. London. 27 July 2000.
  19. ^ "UVF members linked to bomb". BBC News. 1 September 2001.
  20. ^ The Guardian
  21. ^ "Station Locations". MetOffice.
  22. ^ "Climate Normals 1981–2010". Met Office. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  23. ^ "Bally Castle Golf Club". ballycastlegolfclub.com/. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Causeway Coast". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  25. ^ Moyle Council
  26. ^ |"Ballycastle UFC". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  27. ^ Robert Pigott (3 March 2013). "Cardinal Keith O'Brien sorry for sexual misconduct". BBC. Retrieved 3 March 2013.