Newtownabbey

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Newtownabbey
Irish: Baile na Mainistreach[1]
Rathcoole - Newtownabbey.jpg
Overlooking the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill
Newtownabbey is located in Northern Ireland
Newtownabbey
 Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
Population62,056 (2001 Census)
DistrictNewtownabbey
CountyCounty Antrim
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTOWNABBEY
Postcode districtBT36, BT37
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
FireNorthern Ireland
AmbulanceNorthern Ireland
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
NI AssemblyEast Antrim
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim
 
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Coordinates: 54°39′25″N 5°54′25″W / 54.657°N 5.907°W / 54.657; -5.907

Newtownabbey
Irish: Baile na Mainistreach[1]
Rathcoole - Newtownabbey.jpg
Overlooking the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill
Newtownabbey is located in Northern Ireland
Newtownabbey
 Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
Population62,056 (2001 Census)
DistrictNewtownabbey
CountyCounty Antrim
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTOWNABBEY
Postcode districtBT36, BT37
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
FireNorthern Ireland
AmbulanceNorthern Ireland
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
NI AssemblyEast Antrim
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Antrim

Newtownabbey (Irish: Baile na Mainistreach) is a large town north of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Sometimes considered to be a suburb of Belfast, it is separated from the rest of the city by the M2 motorway. At the 2001 Census, Newtownabbey Urban Area had a population of 62,056, making it the fourth largest settlement in Northern Ireland. The area forms part of Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Largely a residential area, the town is also home to many engineering and computer industries. Retail and leisure facilities include the Abbey Centre, the Valley Leisure Centre, the Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre, Glengormley Moviehouse, Glengormley Sportsbowl and three large public parks. The main campus for the University of Ulster is based in the Jordanstown area of Newtownabbey. Although the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster is due to merge with the current Belfast campus which is due to be completed by 2018.

History[edit]

Newtownabbey was formed by the merging of seven villages; Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Whitewell. It was formally brought into being on 1 April 1958. Before its inception the expanse fell under the jurisdiction of the Belfast Rural District Council.

The timeline of the local government authority is: Newtownabbey Urban District Council (1958–1973), Newtownabbey District Council (1973–1977), Newtownabbey Borough Council (1977–2015) and Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council (2015– ).

By the spring of 2015 it is anticipated Newtownabbey Borough Council will be officially merged with adjacent Antrim Council to form the new Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council under Local Government restructuring plans devised by the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Troubles[edit]

For more information see The Troubles in Newtownabbey, which includes a list of incidents in Newtownabbey during The Troubles resulting in two or more deaths.

Geography[edit]

The Glengormley area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill

Townlands[edit]

Below is a list of townlands that are within Newtownabbey's urban area, alongside their likely etymologies.

* citation for derivations[2]

The following housing estates have Irish-derived names, although they are not named after townlands:[3]

Electoral areas and wards[edit]

(Rostulla, Hawthorne, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Ballyduff, Carnmoney and Mossley)

(Ballyclare North, Ballyclare South, Ballyrobert, Doagh and Ballynure)

(Cloughfern, Coole, Dunanney, Valley, Abbey and Whitehouse)

(Mallusk, Colinbridge,Hightown, Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Glengormley and Glebe)

Demography[edit]

Newtownabbey Urban Area is classified as a large town (i.e. with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people in the 2001 census) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)[4] and is within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 85,139 people living in Newtownabbey. Of these:

Education[edit]

Higher-level education
Secondary-level education
Primary-level education

Sport[edit]

Cricket
Football
Gaelic games
Hockey
Rugby
Others

Churches[edit]

Transport[edit]

Newtownabbey is linked to the M2 motorway (which passes through it) and the M5 motorway (which begins at its southeastern edge). It is also served by three railway stations: Mossley West railway station and Whiteabbey railway station on the Belfast–Derry railway line and Jordanstown railway station on the Belfast–Larne railway line. Bus services are provided by Metro on key corridor routes 1 serving Antrim Road and 2 serving Shore Road

Bus Routes are as follows

Glengormley,Jubilee Way (Tesco Glengormley),Ballyclare Road and New Mossley.[8]

Glengormley,Ballyclare Road,New Mossley,Campbell Road,Carnmoney Road North and The Glade.[10]

Recommended if making more than one journey to buy day ticket which costs £3.20 (Before 9:30 & after 15:00) and £3.70 at all other times.[24]

Twin towns[edit]

Newtownabbey is twinned with:

Newtownabbey has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newtownabbey/Baile na Mainistreach, Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland Placenames Project". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  4. ^ Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website.
  5. ^ Schools Web Directory entry for Ashgrove
  6. ^ Schools Web Directory entry for Carnmoney Primary
  7. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/1501A_mtt_TP.pdf
  8. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Bmtt_TP.pdf
  9. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Bmtt_TP.pdf
  10. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Bmtt_TP.pdf
  11. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Emtt_TP.pdf
  12. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Gmtt_TP.pdf
  13. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Gmtt_TP.pdf
  14. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/15001Emtt_TP.pdf
  15. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00000cb1_TP.pdf
  16. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00000cb1_TP.pdf
  17. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00007cff_TP.pdf
  18. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00007cff_TP.pdf
  19. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00007cff_TP.pdf
  20. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__000025e1_TP.pdf
  21. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/EFA01__00007cff_TP.pdf
  22. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/150013mtt_TP.pdf
  23. ^ http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/ext_webpdf_desk/TTB/20140214-111824/nir/150014mtt_TP.pdf
  24. ^ http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Metro-Service-Page/Metro-Day-Ticket/
  25. ^ "Rybnik Official Website – Twin Towns". 2008 Urząd Miasta Rybnika. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  26. ^ "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District". 2009 Twins2010.com. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 

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