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Ballynure
village and civil parish
Ballynure is located in the United Kingdom
Ballynure
Coordinates: 54°46′N 5°57′W / 54.767°N 5.950°W / 54.767; -5.950Coordinates: 54°46′N 5°57′W / 54.767°N 5.950°W / 54.767; -5.950
Christ Church, Ballynure
Christ Church, Ballynure

Ballynure (from Irish Baile an Iúir 'homestead of the yews')[1] is a village and civil parish near Ballyclare in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and had a population of 677 people in the 2001 Census.

Transport

Sport

Ballynure Old Boys F.C. plays association football in the Ballymena & Provincial League.

2002 Census

Ballynure is classified as a massive village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2002) there were 677 people living in Ballynure. Of these:

Places of interest

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The Ballynure Elementary School for Primary Education (often known simply as Ballynure Primary School) is only school in the village and surrounding areas until Ballyclare. It is also one of six schools in Northern Ireland classed as "Elementary Schools". The School was founded in 1930.

The Ballynure Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in all Newtownabbey and second oldest in all Antrim.

Additional information

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Jonathan Swift, the writer of Gulliver's Travels, was responsible for the Ballynure parish of the Church of Ireland, during his time as prebend of Kilroot.

The Clements family, who lived at Clements Hill outside the village, were the ancestors of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Twain, who was author of works including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, was described by William Faulkner as 'the father of American literature.' His grandfather Samuel Clemens emigrated to America and Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, in November 1835. One of his ancestors, Henry Clements, was Mayor of Carrickfergus in 1696 and another is said to have fought for William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne six years earlier.

In 2007, Ballynure started a fair, which is now known as the "Yearly Ballynure fair". Along with the May Fair in Ballyclare, this fair is one of the very few yearly fairs in the U.K. where animals can be bought, although unlike the May Fair (which sells horses) the Ballynure Fair has only been known to sell cows.

In 2017, the village established "Ballynature Day", currently the largest nature convention in Northern Ireland.

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ "Ballynure station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007.

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