Cullybackey Main Street

Cullybackey or Cullybacky (from Irish Coill na Baice 'wood of the river bend')[1] is a large village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies 3 miles north-west of Ballymena, on the banks of the River Main, and is part of Mid and East Antrim district. It had a population of 2,569 people in the 2011 Census.[2]


Cullybackey was part of the ancient kingdom of Dál nAraidi. Evidence of ancient dwellers in the area have been found throughout the years, including the remains of Crannogs and Souterrains.[3]

Christian Missionary Mackevet erected a monastery in the area. It is said that when Mackevet first approached the Irish Chieftain MacAfee about this matter the two began to argue over it and Mackevet, who was a large man raised his fist into the chieftains face and said "I'm a man of peace, but smell that MacAfee". This won him the argument and the monastery was built, supplying the area with a place of learning for many centuries afterwards.[4]

In 1778 a Volunteers company was raised by John Dickey of Cullybackey House, They named themselves 'The Cullybackey Volunteers'.[5]

In 1847, the village contained 235 residents and contained about 50 houses.[5]

Notable people

See also: Category:People from Cullybackey

Places of interest



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Groups and Associations


See also: Cullybackey railway station

Translink (Northern Ireland) run both trains and bus's through the village daily.

The first sod on the Belfast railway line was turned in 1845 and the line from Ballymena to Portrush was completed in 1855 [11] The railway line is still well used by the population of Cullybackey today with trains stopping at the station almost hourly throughout the day.

There are bus stops at both ends and in the middle of the Main Street. bus stops are dotted around the surrounding townlands.



2011 Census

It had a population of 2,569 people (1,088 households) in the 2011 Census.[2] On Census day in 2011:

2001 Census

Cullybackey is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e., with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,405 people living in Cullybackey. Of these:

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

See also


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Cullybackey". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015. ((cite web)): Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ W. J., Knowles (April 1905). "Souterrains at Cullybackey, in the County of Antrim". Ulster Journal of Archaeology. Second. 11 (2): 51–54. JSTOR 20566211.
  4. ^ Shaw, William (1912). Cullybackey and District. Ballymena Borough Council. p. 4.
  5. ^ a b Lewis, Samuel (1837). A topographical dictionary of Ireland. S. Lewis, 1837. p. 443.
  6. ^ "Bruce Anstey: 'The doctors don't know how I'm still here' - Kiwi road racer talks about cancer battle". BBC Sport. 14 September 2021. Archived from the original on 16 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Ask About Ireland – Irish Scientists – Matilda Knowles". Ask About Ireland – Irish Scientists. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Ella Young". Cullybackey and District Historical Society. Archived from the original on 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Maine Riverside". Walk NI. 11 July 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Cullybackey Blues FC". Facebook. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  11. ^ Cullybackey and District by William Shaw

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