Harbour Road, Carnlough
Carnlough is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population1,512 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceO003360
• Belfast27 mi (43 km)
• Dublin114 mi (183 km)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT44
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
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Northern Ireland
54°59′N 5°59′W / 54.99°N 5.99°W / 54.99; -5.99

Carnlough (/kɑːrnˈlɒx/ karn-LOKH; from Irish Carnlach 'place of cairns')[2][3] is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is situated in Mid and East Antrim district, as well the historic barony of Glenarm Lower, and the civil parishes of Ardclinis and Tickmacrevan.[4] It had a population of 1,512 people at the 2011 Census.[5]


Built heritage

Carnlough's harbour was built by the owners of the quarries west of the village. These were connected to the harbour by means of a mineral tramway network, which included a bridge over each of two parallel streets in the village (both of which bridges remain today).

The Londonderry Arms Hotel was built in 1848 as a coaching inn by Frances Anne Vane Tempest, Marchioness of Londonderry, great-grandmother of Winston Churchill.

20th century

On 21 August 1942, during the Second World War a Royal Air Force, Consolidated Liberator Mk. III (LV340) of No. 120 Squadron had taken off from RAF Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland, on a test flight in heavy mist and subsequently crashed into a hill, Big Trosk Mountain, near Carnlough with the loss of all 8 aboard. including Harry King Goode, a First World War flying ace.[6][7][8][9]

In June 1980, Irish Independence Party member and Larne Borough Council councillor John Turnley was murdered by the Ulster Defence Association as he drove to attend a political meeting on the Marine Road.[10] In April 1987, Loyalist bandsman Andrew Mason was beaten to death by two local men who were subsequently jailed for the killing.[11][12][13]


There are three main educational institutions in the area. These are: St.John's Primary School, St Killian's College, and Carnlough Controlled Integrated Primary School. The latter was known as Carnlough Primary School up until 2004 - but as the non Roman Catholic population began to dwindle, numbers fell at the school[citation needed]. A primary school in nearby Glenarm has since closed and the two schools have now merged into one integrated school.


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There were two IFA junior football teams based in the village. They were Carnlough United and Glencloy Swifts.

Carnlough United was founded in 1964 and started off in the now defunct Larne and District Junior League. In 1994, the club joined the Ballymena Saturday Morning League. At the beginning of season 2007–2008, Carnlough United entered the Junior Division 2 section of the Ballymena and Provincial League.

Glencloy Swifts was established in 1994 and following one season in the Larne and District League, the club entered Division 3 of the Ballymena Saturday Morning League. Glencloy Swifts secured their first trophy in 2003 when they won the Crawford Cup.

In 2009, Carnlough United and Glencloy Swifts merged to become Carnlough Swifts. Carnlough Swifts play in the first division of the Ballymena Saturday Morning League. The club's reserve team play in the Ballymena & Provincial League Junior Division 3

Carnlough native Brendan Rodgers is the manager of Scottish Premiership side Celtic FC, a former Northern Ireland schoolboy international and manager of Chelsea reserves,[14] and the former manager of Liverpool and Leicester City. In 2016, he won his first major trophy as a manager, when he guided Celtic to the Scottish League Cup, completing an undefeated domestic treble later that season.[citation needed]

Gig rowing

Four oared gig racing has a measure of popularity in Carnlough.[citation needed] Up until recently,[when?] craft for this sport were the product of local boat builders and during the summer crews may be seen training out on the bay. An annual regatta which takes place in May and attracts who take part in the Round the Rock Challenge.[15]

The local rowing club is Carnlough Rowing Club, which has over 100 members and is part of the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation.[16] The club's ladies section competed at the 2007 All Ireland Championships which were held at Union Hall, County Cork. In 2008, the Veteran Ladies won a bronze at the All Irelands which was held in Cairndhu. 2009's All Ireland a combined crew of Glenarm and Carnlough won a silver in the Veteran Men. The club was featured on the BBC documentary programme Coast.[citation needed]


Carnlough are represented in the Antrim Camogie Association by the St John's club, where they are represented at U12 and U16 level. From March 2008 St. John's started a senior camogie team who contest in the 3rd Division of the all-county league.[citation needed]


Carnlough lies within the Carnlough electoral ward of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's Coast Road District electoral division. Of the five electoral wards which make up the Coast Road district electoral area Carnlough is the only ward with a Nationalist majority and the only majority Nationalist ward in the whole of the former Larne Borough Council area.[17] Sinn Féin have seen their vote increase in the area and opened a constituency office in Carnlough in 2012.[18]

The twelfth of July celebrations are held in the village every 7 years. The last being in 2007 where a local residents group protested against the parade as well as a Royal Black Preceptory parade.[19]


Carnlough is classified as a village by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 1,000 and 2,499 people).[20] On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 1,512 people living in Carnlough.[5] Of these:

Notable people



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  13. ^ "CAIN: Victims: Memorials: Andrew Mason Mural (Lisburn)".
  14. ^ Brendan Rodgers - BBC Sport
  15. ^ Culture Northern Ireland - Carnlough
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  20. ^ "NI Assembly" (PDF). Key Statistics for Settlements, Census 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2021.