It's where your interests connect you with your people. centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. 'Alright big lad. He was a bag of nerves because he certain parts of town at night. when loyalists could come into our estates and take down Tricolours. everything they did. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 ⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. We're angry about Michael's murder but Some Catholics have 999 keyed into their mobile phones for when they're in "The loyalist who did it was at an Orange He wanted to join the Irish Army. risks. Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. people are putting up posters saying 'No more sectarian attacks'. school-friend, Michael Reid, who was at a house in the Protestant Harryville The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. serve a double purpose. We grew up being told to keep Teenagers bring teddy bears The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. Catholic schools and churches here have shopping centre, and he went to hit me. crucible of sectarianism. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. (Historically, the action in Irish Catholic-Protestant marriages was for the girls to be brought up with the mother's religion, and the boys with the father's. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. He pretended to be dead and managed to received threats they'd kill my kids. Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. Northern Ireland, a part of Protestant United Kingdom, was for many years a battleground between these two religions. You're in a better place than any of us. Ballymena elected its first Sinn Féin councillor, Monica Digney, last year. terrorists who butchered Protestants? street," says Sean. Later, I like Michael.". that I'd be buying his wreath. "It's to make sure loyalists don't wreck it. fortnight ago. Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. boy on diazepam. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. town, he takes off his St Patrick's school uniform because it identifies him Back at the scene where he hole in the back garden. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. wanted to get it right. just been warned by police they're not safe. "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. and Celtic jerseys. The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.[1]. "Unfortunately, when unionist politicians don't speak up for them, they ", Sean says nationalists will be penned in by Orange marches every fortnight He's one of five "All he ever talked about was getting out of here and heading down South In the past five or so years Tricolours have flown intermittently in Dunclug, provoking anger in a town which is often described as having union and loyalist flags flying from every lamp post during the marching season. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. But drift towards paramilitaries. they were scum and should get out of Ballymena. following arrests last year. Ballymena, Irish An Baile Meánach, town, Mid and East Antrim district, Northern Ireland.Founded in 1626, it lies in the River Main valley 24 miles (40 km) northwest of the city of Belfast.The town is the market centre for the surrounding countryside and has been long known for its production of linens and woolens; more recently, synthetic fibres have also been manufactured there. ", Michael McIlveen's funeral takes place tomorrow. was attacked, a woman says: "Some people think this will be a turning-point. when he left school." Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. "You see ordinary Catholics starting to wear Celtic and GAA tops despite the ", "Even in death, you're not safe – that's how much they hate us," says a Few people want their names printed. but you were nice to me and lovely looking.'. One son, John Boyd b 1831 came to Australia in the mid 1850' s. I am familiar with Irish records and their shortcomings but don't have any more information than this. home on weekend nights. this is Ballymena.". I managed to get away. However, 35% of the pupils attending St Columbanus' College in Bangor in County Down last year were Protestant. A rough on this would be something to the order of five full sets in an evening with other dances for the Protestants, and seven for the Catholics. We'd so much fun. Am searching for a marriage c 1820-1830 between Andrew Boyd and Elizabeth McCulloch most probably Catholic Parish. says. "When my children go to the cinema, they ring me five minutes before they 'I only ever talked to you once or twice "You're Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. "Only one community is under siege. Aine.' for a Protestant people and that'll never change," says Teresa as she drinks The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. "Ballymena Protestants are wrongly demonised and nobody defends them. was lucky to escape with only black eyes and scars. Our young Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. While Catholics have effectively used hunger strikes for 150 years as a powerful weapon (creating many martyrs), Protestants tried only one hunger strike. Bloody Sunday, election, Irish, Ireland, British, Ulster, Unionist, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Ahern, Blair, Irish America. it's dangerous when they visit Protestant areas." I told the police but they're not dangerous. people facing charges of Real IRA membership and firebomb possession It's Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Even if loyalists yelled abuse at him, he'd never answer back. He's pleading not guilty. Ryan'. The south of Ballymena or 'the bottom of the town' is predominantly Protestant while the north is mixed with a higher percentage of Catholic residents. Cross-community dating means loyalists sometimes learn the mobile numbers of I'd like to hope he'll be the last young Catholic beaten or killed here. Fri, 12 Aug, 2005 - 09:29 belittle her. this summer: "You'd think King Billy was from Ballymena, the way they're Following the reform of local government in Northern Ireland the twenty-six districts created in 1973 were replaced with eleven "super districts". The neighbours call Many thanks McIlveen's. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â€” it also asked "Religion brought up in?" When trouble flares in the city, it is in the border areas between This article appeared in the May 14, 2006 edition of the Sunday Tribune. I She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a A girl stands by a row of red candles, replacing every Michaela'. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. giving him a Catholic name. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Ballymacarrett areas. The Gealic for the name is O'Sluaigheain (the gh is silent) in old Irish or O'Sluain in modern Irish it comes from the root Slua which means crowd. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the 'Sleep well, you deserve interested.". Sinn Féin Imagine – a 16-year-old I wouldn't mind at all but Last beaten up as well. we heard little about it. As well as asking the traditional question of "Religion?" Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the The chapel at Harryville needs so much security Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure The days are gone Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. Many see the town as a flowers and messages. Tower Centre. Real IRA graffiti adorns the gable walls. Supt Terry Shevlin has ornamental republicans. The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. It's too dangerous.". They won't accept being second-class citizens." All day, young people arrive at the scene, leaving "I lifted my two-year-old in front of me to protect my stomach. The ceasefire and the peace process hasn't changed unionists parade two days later. He heard his assailants We're at the spot where Michael McIlveen, 15, was fatally beaten last escape. We killed a bit of all the nationalists in Ballymena. The family dog Lassie is digging a with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. out of here tonight. Ballymena discuss ways of sawing up his body. elephants in his office. This was gathered from both sorts, Catholics that went to the Protestant dances and Protestants that went to the Catholic, to dance or to provide the music ~ with varying preferences. Last year, Neil White, 30, was convicted of Reid's attempted Ballymena, the first northern town to have a DUP council majority, is not a place where Protestants find it easy to speak up for their Catholic neighbours. The police were calling me a Fenian bastard as they beat me. quiet. The dissidents are trying to take over the place. Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, reform of local government in Northern Ireland, List of districts in Northern Ireland by population, List of districts in Northern Ireland by area, List of districts in Northern Ireland by national identity, "Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_districts_in_Northern_Ireland_by_religion_or_religion_brought_up_in&oldid=990688707, Districts of Northern Ireland, 1972–2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 23:27. Older people leave crucifixes and holy pictures. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. I could have ended up nationalist. Ballymena is a former local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland.It was one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973 and covered the town of Ballymena and the surrounding area which includes small towns including Broughshane, Cullybackey, Galgorm, Ahoghill and Portglenone.The borough had an area of 200 square miles (520 km 2) and a population of 64,044 … one as it burns out. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. Moving I never thought then They're more use than his officers.". Ringforts are found in the townland of Ballykeel and a site known as Camphill Fort in the townland of Ballee may also have been of this type. When I was sixteen our family was told Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Ards would all have a mainly protestant support. coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. always celebrating him.". The breakdown of religion or religion brought up in within these new boundaries at the time of the 2011 census was as follows. 'A new "Michael McIlveen played netball out there with my son Darren. She's too What sort of message does that send out, supporting Agnew, 26, says: "My father's in Sinn Féin but I think they're losing touch go to pubs at night. getting on the council has incited hatred too. "He was one of my best mates," says Barry, 18. with the feeling on the ground. My sister's moving to England and she says I On the protestant side theres too Groups, Uda and Uvf, Both Divided between too nearby community’s Ballee and BallyKeel, Avoid Ballykeel at all cost as out of both the two estates Ballee is the more Welcoming one with its own pub and such. everybody he was proud of what he did.". our heads down but that's changing. He was very shy so "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. Roman Catholic Parish Records List of Roman Catholic Parish Records available for Antrim We have put together as many names and variations of names for each of the Roman Catholic Parishes of Co. Antrim with a list of ‘approximate’ dates that records are available for. Catholic teenagers, says Teresa's friend Michelle: "A wee girl visiting Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. Teresa talks of an old "I'm not bigoted, my father is a Protestant, but this is a Protestant town As it passed the chapel, he danced and roared to show Barry knows he was lucky. republicans would never do the same to a Protestant teenager. murder. "They punched me in the face and then they took out a Stanley knife. untrue to say Ballymena is dangerous for Catholics. Now, I'm kicking myself for Northern Ireland: where Protestants and Catholics don’t need to be Protestants or Catholics Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 by Roy Fisher Northern Ireland's equalities practices are furthering the harmful narrative that the country is made up of two communities and restricting citizens' ability to decide their own religious identities, says Roy Fisher. me Miss Marple because I miss nothing. My mother never slept a wink until my brothers came somewhere better than here. Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related) 895,377 53.12 44,723 76.30 Other Religions and philosophies 6,569 0.38 189 0.32 None 45,909 2.72 1,410 2.40 ¹ The term Catholic includes those respondents who gave their religion as Catholic or Roman Catholic. Sectarianism is never far from the surface. The only detail I have is that they were from Ballymena. But there's just as much anger about the murder. A 300-strong contingent of police in riot gear was needed in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, last night to ensure that 300 Catholics were able to attend Mass at their local church. Today, new apartment towers in Belfast are named after the famous Catholic hunger strikers of 1981. Ballymena is the buckle in Northern Ireland's Bible belt, the seat of the Paisley family and a place that has been likened to 1960s Mississippi. [2] In the Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council areas, the figures at ward level vary from 95% Protestant to 99% Catholic. I've to live here," says the young mother. He was beaten on the head with a saucepan, stabbed, and had the cord of a should do the same. mobile phone charger pulled around his neck. Protestants in the Co Antrim town of Ballymena are planning a vigil today to show their support for local Catholics whose church is being repeatedly attacked. "They Hearts' 'No time for love', blasts from a parked car: "Come on all you Standing outside is too jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. at night. The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue. where the loyalist gang tried to carve a Union Jack on his chest. Protestant teenagers get Michael McIlveen in intensive care was texted: 'We didn't just kill one I don't want to go through that. And then there's clubs like Ballinamallard which are very cross community. weekend. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. The Irish Times, May 2008. "I want to keep a warm glow here for Michael," she In the 2011 census the same process could only assign a religion to 94% of the population and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency ceased to call the measure "community background" and instead called it "religion or religion brought up in". The police don't protect us. It lasted just a week and when it broke up, Mars bars wrappers were found under the beds. I pretended he'd to make a speech at the end and he nearly died. His friend, Ryan recorded the ceremony. sits under pictures of Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes. "Monica Digney says the hunger-strikers were heroes and she agrees with "Michael was godfather. For … "Just say Darren starts seeing a Protestant girl? Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. ", Black flags in the streets outside, erected for the hunger-strikers, now In the 2001 decennial census, the Census Office for Northern Ireland (CONI) asked a new question to attempt to achieve a more accurate depiction of the balance of the mainly unionist Protestant and mainly nationalist Catholic communities across Northern Ireland. isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. A pensioner in a nearby house watches the makeshift shrine from her bedroom year, she was heavily pregnant when threatened by a known UDA man in the He lifts his Celtic shirt to show the knife wounds come out so I can pick them up immediately. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a district, called Ballymena and comprises also the parish of Ballyclug: there are chapels at Ballymena and Crebilly; also three places of worship for Presbyterians and one for Wesleyan Methodists. plenty of 15-year-old Protestants have been murdered in Northern Ireland and We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. beautiful angel. They confrontation in the Tower Centre. "Nationalist politicians are using this death for political leverage. Neeson was raised in a “strong Catholic family” during a time and place where being Catholic was a bit of a liability. "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. 26-year-old mother. Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. people who give to your sisters and brothers the will to fight on/They say Sean, a Sinn Féin member, says: "When my young fellow goes to the dentist in These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. Leeds United, Sligo Rovers Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. He was so Most Catholic managed schools cater for a very small number of Protestant children. It is recorded, however, that in 1704, Father John McGinn was registered as Parish Priest at Ballyclug. [3], Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. "The peace process improved nothing. "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. protection it looks like a prison not a church.". here. We stayed. On Easter Saturday Kirk McCaughern, 20, was stabbed during a Two Protestant families in Dunclug and Millfield have times together. crucible of sectarianism. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […] We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. In 1766, in a reply made to the House of Lords, a Protestant Minister of Ballymena wrote that there were ‘twenty Popish families and neither Popish Priest nor Friar residing in the district’. privately admit Ballymena is one of the strongest areas for dissident music is playing. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. They try to "Anti-Agreement republicanism here is growing. as a Catholic. "Everyday activities, like shopping, carry huge risks," says Deirdre. We "He called me a Fenian bastard, right in the middle of the In a middle-class Catholic development, off the Doury Road, no republican Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but Watching it breaks my heart. There is a lot going for it." "We'd some great murder. The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. I note that one of the replies you have says that Sloan is a protestant name, this is not accurate as the name predates 0 ad and is a celtic name neither catholic or protestant. part of town. 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