General Board. The castle was not completed until 1887. They created the core of the Earldom of Ulster. 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. During the later half of the 20th century, Ballymena, like many other once prosperous industrial centres in Northern Ireland, experienced economic change and industrial restructuring; many of its former factories closed. BELFAST, Northern Ireland – The bishop of Belfast appealed for Catholic and Protestant residents to prove to the world they can live together in peace after fresh sectarian violence flared during the region’s contentious Protestant marching season. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference […]  In the Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council areas, the figures at ward level vary from 95% Protestant to 99% Catholic. In 1626 Charles I confirmed the grant of the Ballymena Estate to William Adair, giving him the right to hold a market at Ballymena on every Saturday. His Protestant friend David says he has never had a problem with his pals being Catholic. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. 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. , Jul 27, 2005 / 12:00 am MT ().-Tuesday saw what police have called a wave of intimidation attacks against Catholics in and around Ballymena, a mostly Protestant town northwest of Belfast. Ballymena Protestant Boys (The Proddy Boys) are a blood and thunder flute band based in Harryville Ballymena. ], however, credit the Uí Fhloinn with building the mid-Antrim mottes and baileys in imitation of the invaders; the Uí Fhloinn defeated and repelled the Earl of Ulster, John de Courcy, in 1177 and 1178. In 1968 due to a series of government austerity measures, the remaining three Irish regiments, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (27th) Royal Ulster Rifles (83rd & 86th) and the Royal Irish Fusiliers (89th) merged to become the Royal Irish Rangers. Even though the gang warfare being waged by rival Protestant and Catholic youths in Ballymena has forced police to increase patrols, Sir Hugh insisted the town was not “a centre of evil”. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. In 1315, Edward Bruce (brother of King Robert I of Scotland, known as "Robert the Bruce") invaded Ireland. (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. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer — it also asked "Religion brought up in?" This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. General. I wonder is it the same in Ballymena? 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. (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. Slemish College is an integrated school, meaning it brings together children and staff from Catholic, Protestant and other traditions. By 1581, Smith's settlement failed and the lands reverted to the crown. James Currie, the 58-year-old Ulster Unionist Party mayor of Ballymena, is proud of his town. 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. 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. Ballinamallard - Protestant Crusaders - Protestant Portadown - Protestant Lisburn Distillery - Mixed Coleraine - Protestant Donegal Celtic - Catholic Dungannon Swifts - Mixed Ballymena Utd - Protestant Glenavon - Mixed Cliftonville - Catholic I think not 100% though !! 19.20% were aged under 16 years and 17.61% were aged 65 and over; 52.00% of the usually resident population were female 48.00% were male; 65.76% belong to or were brought up 'Protestant and other (non Catholic Christian) (including Christian related)'and 26.71% belong to or were brought up Catholic Christian ; 65.51% indicated that they had a British national identity, 27.66% had a Northern Irish national identity and 11.25% had an Irish national identity (respondents could indicate more than one national identity); 39 years was the average (median) age of the population. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. 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