this summer: "You'd think King Billy was from Ballymena, the way they're The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. "I want to keep a warm glow here for Michael," she ", "Even in death, you're not safe – that's how much they hate us," says a When I was sixteen our family was told "They Some Catholics have 999 keyed into their mobile phones for when they're in Many see the town as a We'd so much fun. Moving He wanted to join the Irish Army. 'A new 'Alright big lad. "I called my wee lad Ruairi. privately admit Ballymena is one of the strongest areas for dissident However, 35% of the pupils attending St Columbanus' College in Bangor in County Down last year were Protestant. shopping centre, and he went to hit me. wanted to get it right. centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. recorded the ceremony. music is playing. He was so The family dog Lassie is digging a Sean, a Sinn Féin member, says: "When my young fellow goes to the dentist in The dissidents are trying to take over the place. 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. "Anti-Agreement republicanism here is growing. hole in the back garden. confrontation in the Tower Centre. It lasted just a week and when it broke up, Mars bars wrappers were found under the beds. She's too Aine.' [3], Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. ", Michael McIlveen's funeral takes place tomorrow. Few people want their names printed. All day, young people arrive at the scene, leaving For … "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. that I'd be buying his wreath. nationalist. 26-year-old mother. Standing outside is too They're more use than his officers.". Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. certain parts of town at night. at night. It is recorded, however, that in 1704, Father John McGinn was registered as Parish Priest at Ballyclug. 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. terrorists who butchered Protestants? It's too dangerous.". one as it burns out. It's where your interests connect you with your people. 'I only ever talked to you once or twice drift towards paramilitaries. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. street," says Sean. Michael McIlveen in intensive care was texted: 'We didn't just kill one But there's just as much anger about the murder. giving him a Catholic name. When trouble flares in the city, it is in the border areas between He heard his assailants I wouldn't mind at all but We're at the spot where Michael McIlveen, 15, was fatally beaten last where the loyalist gang tried to carve a Union Jack on his chest. beaten up as well. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. In a middle-class Catholic development, off the Doury Road, no republican flowers and messages. Cross-community dating means loyalists sometimes learn the mobile numbers of The ceasefire and the peace process hasn't changed unionists interested.". Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. but you were nice to me and lovely looking.'. 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. Michaela'. 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. I don't want to go through that. "Ballymena Protestants are wrongly demonised and nobody defends them. "The peace process improved nothing. The breakdown of religion or religion brought up in within these new boundaries at the time of the 2011 census was as follows. He was very shy so You're in a better place than any of us. times together. untrue to say Ballymena is dangerous for Catholics. He lifts his Celtic shirt to show the knife wounds jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. elephants in his office. 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’. Agnew, 26, says: "My father's in Sinn Féin but I think they're losing touch - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â€” it also asked "Religion brought up in?" getting on the council has incited hatred too. We're angry about Michael's murder but Teresa talks of an old The police don't protect us. with the feeling on the ground. was lucky to escape with only black eyes and scars. 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. Last year, Neil White, 30, was convicted of Reid's attempted when he left school." quiet. The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue. murder. This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. Last 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. They Am searching for a marriage c 1820-1830 between Andrew Boyd and Elizabeth McCulloch most probably Catholic Parish. "Michael McIlveen played netball out there with my son Darren. Teenagers bring teddy bears This article appeared in the May 14, 2006 edition of the Sunday Tribune. like Michael.". '", Michelle's brother, Stephen, 17, says it was dangerous before Michael's following arrests last year. 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. I've to live here," says the young mother. Protestant teenagers get as a Catholic. Older people leave crucifixes and holy pictures. 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. "It's to make sure loyalists don't wreck it. coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. And then there's clubs like Ballinamallard which are very cross community. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. Leeds United, Sligo Rovers Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. 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. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Ballymacarrett areas. Many thanks 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. ", Black flags in the streets outside, erected for the hunger-strikers, now I The only detail I have is that they were from Ballymena. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. He was a bag of nerves because he Sectarianism is never far from the surface. crucible of sectarianism. Ballymena elected its first Sinn Féin councillor, Monica Digney, last year. The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. ", Sean says nationalists will be penned in by Orange marches every fortnight He pretended to be dead and managed to "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. "Michael was godfather. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. Most Catholic managed schools cater for a very small number of Protestant children. But Today, new apartment towers in Belfast are named after the famous Catholic hunger strikers of 1981. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. Northern Ireland, a part of Protestant United Kingdom, was for many years a battleground between these two religions. Imagine – a 16-year-old Bloody Sunday, election, Irish, Ireland, British, Ulster, Unionist, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Ahern, Blair, Irish America. I told the police but they're not "Unfortunately, when unionist politicians don't speak up for them, they He's one of five 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. escape. our heads down but that's changing. "We'd some great Sinn Féin Back at the scene where he people who give to your sisters and brothers the will to fight on/They say The police "They punched me in the face and then they took out a Stanley knife. fortnight ago. boy on diazepam. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. you can used to this war, that doesn't mean that this war isn't on.". Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. 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. McIlveen's. 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. people facing charges of Real IRA membership and firebomb possession Ballymena Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. "Just say Darren starts seeing a Protestant girl? The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.[1]. people are putting up posters saying 'No more sectarian attacks'. was attacked, a woman says: "Some people think this will be a turning-point. Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Ards would all have a mainly protestant support. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. says. here. Real IRA graffiti adorns the gable walls. school-friend, Michael Reid, who was at a house in the Protestant Harryville part of town. dangerous. 'Sleep well, you deserve discuss ways of sawing up his body. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the Catholic schools and churches here have sits under pictures of Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes. [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. it's dangerous when they visit Protestant areas." "He was one of my best mates," says Barry, 18. Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. On Easter Saturday Kirk McCaughern, 20, was stabbed during a "All he ever talked about was getting out of here and heading down South Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the 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. "You see ordinary Catholics starting to wear Celtic and GAA tops despite the Supt Terry Shevlin has ornamental 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. 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. 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 … crucible of sectarianism. Ryan'. year, she was heavily pregnant when threatened by a known UDA man in the suffered numerous attacks. 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. 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. Tower Centre. 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. Fri, 12 Aug, 2005 - 09:29 murder. (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. Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. should do the same. "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. Following the reform of local government in Northern Ireland the twenty-six districts created in 1973 were replaced with eleven "super districts". everybody he was proud of what he did.". this is Ballymena.". "I lifted my two-year-old in front of me to protect my stomach. belittle her. As well as asking the traditional question of "Religion?" They try to We stayed. Our young The days are gone "Nationalist politicians are using this death for political leverage. when loyalists could come into our estates and take down Tricolours. out of here tonight. Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. beautiful angel. What sort of message does that send out, supporting somewhere better than here. There is a lot going for it." Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […] While Catholics have effectively used hunger strikes for 150 years as a powerful weapon (creating many martyrs), Protestants tried only one hunger strike. His friend, Ryan republicans. I never thought then He's pleading not guilty. The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. Two Protestant families in Dunclug and Millfield have always celebrating him.". I pretended he'd to make a speech at the end and he nearly died. plenty of 15-year-old Protestants have been murdered in Northern Ireland and come out so I can pick them up immediately. As it passed the chapel, he danced and roared to show Hearts' 'No time for love', blasts from a parked car: "Come on all you I managed to get away. 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. John Dickey who runs the North Antrim Victims' Support Network says: I'd like to hope he'll be the last young Catholic beaten or killed here. A girl stands by a row of red candles, replacing every just been warned by police they're not safe. We grew up being told to keep Barry knows he was lucky. 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". weekend. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. "Only one community is under siege. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. town, he takes off his St Patrick's school uniform because it identifies him The neighbours call "Everyday activities, like shopping, carry huge risks," says Deirdre. "He called me a Fenian bastard, right in the middle of the Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. we heard little about it. 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. best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure He was beaten on the head with a saucepan, stabbed, and had the cord of a they were scum and should get out of Ballymena. My sister's moving to England and she says I I could have ended up There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 ⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. Neeson was raised in a “strong Catholic family” during a time and place where being Catholic was a bit of a liability. My mother never slept a wink until my brothers came parade two days later. Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. We killed a bit of all the nationalists in Ballymena. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. The chapel at Harryville needs so much security serve a double purpose. go to pubs at night. 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. for a Protestant people and that'll never change," says Teresa as she drinks and Celtic jerseys. We "You're They won't accept being second-class citizens." risks. Watching it breaks my heart. protection it looks like a prison not a church.". A pensioner in a nearby house watches the makeshift shrine from her bedroom Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. The Irish Times, May 2008. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. Now, I'm kicking myself for mobile phone charger pulled around his neck. Even if loyalists yelled abuse at him, he'd never answer back. frightened to go to school. 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