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Lisburn - Antrim

Market Day in Lisburtn

Great elevated view of Lisburn on Market Day, dating from the very early 20th Century. Unlike most cities which are urban, Lisburn city is surrounded by a primarily rural farming area, with the city itself being relatively small. The council area also includes Moira, Glenavy, Dunmurry, Drumbo as well as Lisburn itself, where the administrative headquarters lie.

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Photo Details

  • County: Antrim
  • Town: Lisburn
  • Scene: Market Day
  • Date: Early 1900's

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  • Read about Lisburn below


Lisburn, County Antrim

Lisburn (from the Irish: Lios na gCearrbhach meaning 'fort of the gamblers' and from the Ulster Scots: burn meaning 'stream') is a city split between County Antrim & County Down, Northern Ireland. The River Lagan denotes the county boundary. Lisburn had a population of 71,465 people in the 2001 Census. Unlike most cities which are urban, Lisburn city is surrounded by a primarily rural farming area, with the city itself being relatively small. The council area also includes Moira, Glenavy, Dunmurry, Drumbo as well as Lisburn itself, where the administrative headquarters lie.

The ’Lis’ element in Lisburn derives from Lisnagarvy, a townland incorporated in the modern city and whose name is from the Irish: Lios na gCearrbhach, meaning fort of the gamers or gamblers.

Administration

Lisburn is home to many important political, civil and military bodies with associated infrastructure. Including the headquarters of Down Lisburn Trust, one of the largest of Northern Ireland's Health and Social Services trusts, Thiepval Barracks the headquarters of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade headquarters are also located in the town.

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is located within Lagan Valley constituency and West Belfast.

History

Negotiations preceding the American War of Independence between Ben Franklin and Lord Hillsborough took place at the parish of Hillsborough in Lisburn.

People

Sir Richard Wallace made quite an impact on Lisburn. His bequests include the Wallace Park and Wallace High School. In 1872 he donated drinking fountains, known as Wallace fountains, two of which can still be seen near the cricket pitch in Wallace Park, another in front of Lisburn Linen Museum in Bow Street and another in Castle Gardens. Wallace was created baronet in 1871 and was Member of Parliament for Lisburn from 1873 to 1885.

Demographics

Lisburn Urban Area is within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA)and is classified as a Large Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 71,465 people living in Lisburn. Of these:

  • 25.4 were aged under 16 years and 15.6 were aged 60 and over
  • 52.1 were female and 47.9 were male
  • 54.2 were from a Protestant background and 41.7 were from a Catholic background
  • 4.0 of people aged 16-74 were unemployed