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Antrim Town - Massereene Bridge

Massereene Bridge over the River

Early 20th Century view of Masserence Bridge just outside Antrim Town. There are many buildings of historic note in the town, especially in and around High Street. The courthouse sits at the end of the street, near the Barbican Gate, the old gateway to Antrim Castle. There are also hidden gems, such as a 19th century smithy (now a shop) on Bridge Street with a distinctive horseshoe entrance.

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  • County: Antrim
  • Town: Antrim Town
  • Scene: Massereene Bridge over the river
  • Date: c1920 

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  • 10" x 8" (25.4cm x 20.3cm) printed on quality photo paper
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Antrim, County Antrim

Antrim (from the Irish: Aontroim meaning 'single building' - referring to an early church north of the town) is a large town in County Antrim in the north-east of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, half a mile north-east from Lough Neagh. It had a population of 20,001 people in the 2001 Census. The town is the administrative centre for Antrim Borough Council. It is 35 kilometres (22 miles) north-west of Belfast by rail, and was, until recently, also served by the railway line from Lisburn.

Antrim is home to the only International Retail Outlet in Ireland, Junction One, named after the junction on the M22 motorway which links to part of the major M2 motorway.

There are many buildings of historic note in the town, especially in and around High Street. The courthouse sits at the end of the street, near the Barbican Gate, the old gateway to Antrim Castle. There are also hidden gems, such as a 19th century smithy (now a shop) on Bridge Street with a distinctive horseshoe entrance.

History

A battle was fought near Antrim between the English and Irish in the reign of Edward III; and in 1642 a naval engagement took place on Lough Neagh, for Viscount Massereene and Ferrard (who founded Antrim Castle in 1662) had a right to maintain a fighting fleet on the lough. During the 1798 rebellion on June 7, 1798 United Irish rebels under Henry Joy McCracken unsuccessfully attacked the town, meeting defeat in the Battle of Antrim. The county governor, Lord O'Neill, was mortally wounded in the fighting. Before the Act of Union, Antrim returned two members to parliament by virtue of letters patent granted in 1666 by Charles II.

Places of interest

The environs, including Shane's Castle and Antrim Castle, possess features of considerable interest. About a mile from the town is one of the most perfect of the round towers of Ireland, 93 feet high and 50 in circumference at the base. It stands in the grounds of Steeple, where there is also the 'Witches' Stone', a prehistoric monument.

There was a Castle, near the Six Mile Water, which was destroyed in a fire in 1922. All that remains is an octagonal tower. The river allowed the linen industry to be established. The linen industry has been replaced by a Technology Park, the only one in Northern Ireland.

People

Antrim was home to famous author and poet Dr. Alexander Irvine who born in Pogues Entry in the town. He later wrote My Lady of the Chimney Corner. This was a reference to his mother.

Residential Districts

Ballycraigy, Caulside, Dublin Road, Greystone, Islandbawn, Muckamore, Newpark, Niblock, Parkhall, Rathenraw, Riverside, Springfarm, Steeple, Stiles, The Folly, Townparks, Carnbeg, Meadowlands.

Demographics

Antrim is classified as a Large Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 18,000 and 75,000). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 20,001 people living in Antrim. Of these:

  • 23.1 were aged under 16 years and 15.7 were aged 60 and over
  • 48.6 of the population were male and 51.4 were female
  • 32.9 were from a Catholic background and 61.5 were from a Protestant background
  • 3.8 of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

Education

  • Antrim Grammar School
  • St Malachy's High School
  • Parkhall College
  • Antrim Primary School
  • Greystone Primary
  • Ballycraigy Primary School
  • Parkhall Primary School
  • St Joesph's Primary School
  • Rathenraw Primary School
  • Springfarm Primary School