Portglenone
Portglenone is located in Northern Ireland
Portglenone
Location within Northern Ireland
Population1,174 (2011 Census)
District
County
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBALLYMENA
Postcode districtBT44
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim
54°52′23″N 6°28′26″W / 54.873°N 6.474°W / 54.873; -6.474

Portglenone (from Irish: Port Chluain Eoghain [ˈpˠɔɾˠt̪ˠ ˌxlˠuənʲ ˈoːənʲ], meaning 'landing place of Eoghan's meadow')[2] is a village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies 8.5 miles (14 km) west of Ballymena. It had a population of 1,174 people in the 2011 Census.[3] Portglenone is beside the smaller village of Glenone (in County Londonderry), from which it is separated by the River Bann.

History

In 1197, a castle was built there for Norman invader John de Courcy.[citation needed]

Places of interest

Further information: Mass rock (Portglenone)

Portglenone Forest

Portglenone Forest Park, just outside the village, is classified as an 'Ancient Woodland', and has well marked nature trails, with the River Bann flowing through the forest. There is also a memorial to the United States servicemen stationed there during World War II. The foundations of their Nissen huts can still be seen throughout the wood.[4]

Portglenone Abbey

Portglenone Abbey Church, Our Lady Of Bethlehem Cistercian Monastery, occupies a Georgian mansion (Portglenone House) in the village. In the 1960s a new monastery was built, designed by Padraig Ó Muireadhaigh,[5] which has won several architectural awards.

Gig 'n The Bann Festival

The Gig 'n the Bann is a local cross-community music and dance festival in Portglenone. It takes its name from the River Bann and has been held every year since 1999. Performers have included Paul McSherry and the junior members of Portglenone CCE Branch as well as former members of Déanta.[6]

Demography

2011 Census

On census day in 2011, Portglenone had a population of 1,174 people (498 households) in the 2011 Census.[3]

46.8% were from a Catholic background and 50.6% were from a Protestant background.

2001 Census

Portglenone is classified as a village by the NISRA. On Census day there were 1,219 people living in Portglenone. Of these:

Climate

Climate data for Portglenone (64m elevation) 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
7.4
(45.3)
9.5
(49.1)
11.7
(53.1)
14.6
(58.3)
16.9
(62.4)
18.6
(65.5)
18.3
(64.9)
16.2
(61.2)
12.7
(54.9)
9.4
(48.9)
7.2
(45.0)
12.5
(54.5)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
1.5
(34.7)
2.8
(37.0)
4.2
(39.6)
6.5
(43.7)
9.2
(48.6)
11.2
(52.2)
11.0
(51.8)
9.4
(48.9)
6.6
(43.9)
3.8
(38.8)
2.1
(35.8)
5.9
(42.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 91.4
(3.60)
60.8
(2.39)
77.9
(3.07)
64.2
(2.53)
64.0
(2.52)
70.0
(2.76)
77.5
(3.05)
88.5
(3.48)
79.5
(3.13)
101.1
(3.98)
89.6
(3.53)
89.2
(3.51)
953.6
(37.54)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 16.2 12.6 14.6 12.8 13.6 12.2 14.5 13.9 14.8 16.7 15.8 15.8 173.5
Source: metoffice.gov.uk[7]

Sport

Bluebells in Portglenone Forest

Portglenone's camogie club won the Ulster senior club championship in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982 and 1992.[citation needed] Notable players include Mairead McAtamney.

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "Port Chluain Eoghain/Portglenone". Logainm.ie.
  2. ^ "Place Names NI – Home". www.placenamesni.org.
  3. ^ a b "Portglenone". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ See Portglenone Forest Archived 2006-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Monks are no fuels!". www.ballymenatimes.com.
  6. ^ Belfast Telegraph, Invitation too good to refuse, 8 September 2007
  7. ^ "Climate Normals 1981–2010". Met Office. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Celebrating the beloved song "Foggy Dew" and its history". 29 August 2022.