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Ballymoney is located in Northern Ireland
Population 10,402 (2011 Census)
• Belfast 48 mi (77 km)
  • Causeway Coast and Glens
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT53
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • North Antrim
NI Assembly
  • North Antrim
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Northern Ireland
55°04′16″N 6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508Coordinates: 55°04′16″N 6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508

Ballymoney (Irish: Baile Monaidh meaning 'townland of the moor') is a small town and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area. The civil parish of Ballymoney is situated in the historic baronies of Dunluce Upper and Kilconway in County Antrim, and the barony of North East Liberties of Coleraine in County Londonderry. It had a population of 10,402 people in the 2011 Census.

Ballymoney is located on the main road between Coleraine and Ballymena, with good road and rail connections to the main cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry.

The Ballymoney area has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 79.9 years and 83.8 years for females in years between 2010 and 2012. Conversely, it was revealed in 2013 that Ballymoney residents are more likely to die from heart disease than anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

The town hosts the Ballymoney Drama Festival, the oldest drama festival in Ireland, which was founded in 1933. The town also hosts the Ballymoney Show, which is one of the oldest agricultural shows in Northern Ireland and was founded in 1902.


The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Ballymoney, which includes a list of incidents in Ballymoney during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.


On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 10,402 people living in Ballymoney (4,354 households), an increase of 15.3% on the Census 2001 population of 9,021. Of these:

  • 19.75% were aged under 16 years and 16.91% were aged 65 and over;
  • 52.84% of the usually resident population were female and 47.16% were male;
  • 76.23% belong to or were brought up in a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' faith and 17.17% belong to or were brought up in the Catholic Christian faith;
  • 73.34% indicated that they had a British national identity, 28.11% had a Northern Irish national identity and 6.78% had an Irish national identity (respondents could indicate more than one national identity);
  • 39 years was the average (median) age of the population;
  • 32.05% had some knowledge of Ulster-Scots and 4.01% had some knowledge of Irish (Gaelic).

Buildings of note

Ballymoney Town Clock and masonic Hall
Ballymoney town clock.

Ballymoney is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many buildings of historic note in the town centre.

  • An old church tower dating from 1637 is the town's oldest surviving building.
  • Another striking feature is the town clock and Masonic hall, built in 1775 by the 6th Earl and 2nd Marquis of Antrim. The hall was used as a market house, courthouse, town hall and school.
  • The town hall was erected in 1866.


  • Adrian Archibald (1969–), motor cycle racer.
  • J.B. Armour (1841–1928), cleric, educationalist and Home Rule activist.
  • Christopher Beckett (1989 –), Champion University Kayaker
  • Patrick Boyle (1905–1982), novelist.
  • Stephen Carson (1980–), former Northern Ireland Under-21 international footballer, who plays for Coleraine in the IFA Premiership.
  • Peter Chambers (1990–), rower; Silver medal in the men's lightweight four at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Karen Corr (1969–), pool and snooker player.
  • Robert Dunlop (1960–2008), motor cycle racer, Joey Dunlop's brother; record holder for the most North West 200 wins (15).
  • James Hopkins (1901–1943), professional footballer.
  • George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney (1737–1806) of Lissanoure, first British Ambassador to China in 1772.
  • Ken McArthur (1881–1960), 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist, men's marathon.
  • Thomas McKean (1734–1817), a prominent figure in the American Revolution, was the son of an emigrant from Ballymoney.
  • Bridget McKeever (1983–), a field hockey player on the Irish national women's team.
  • Sir William Moore (1864–1944), Unionist politician and judge.
  • Ian Pinkerton (2000-), Professional Farmer. Youngest winner of the European Farming Championship
  • John Pinkerton (1845–1908), Home Ruler and Irish Parliamentary Party MP.
  • Jim Platt (1952–), former Middlesbrough and Northern Ireland goalkeeper.
  • Damien Quinn (1980–), captain of the Antrim senior hurling team.
  • John Robb, surgeon and former member of Seanad Éireann.
  • Samuel Robinson (1865–1958), founder of Acme Market.
  • William Robinson (1823–1912), Conservative Ontario politician.
  • George Shiels (1881–1949), Popular playwright of early 20th century.
  • Chris Turner (1987–), former Northern Ireland Under-21 international footballer, currently plays for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland.
  • Davy Tweed (1959–), rugby player, Unionist politician.
  • Jimmy Young (1918–1974), a successful comedian, was born in Ballymoney.


  • Ballymoney railway station opened on 4 December 1855, and was closed to goods traffic on 4 January 1965. The refurbished railway station was opened in May 1990. It was one terminus of the Ballycastle Railway, a narrow gauge railway which ran 17 miles connecting Ballycastle to Ballymoney, on the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR), later Northern Counties Committee (NCC), main line to Derry, and closed in July 1950.

Town twinning

Economy and media

Maine Soft Drinks Ltd is based in the area.

The Ballymoney Chronicle was established in 1844. It is the largest selling weekly newspaper in the North Coast and the second largest weekly newspaper in Northern Ireland.


Primary schools

  • Ballymoney Primary School
Ballymoney Primary School, also known as Ballymoney Model, is situated at the top of the North Road and holds approximately 360 pupils each year. The school is within the Northern Eastern Education Library Board area.
The school is one of the largest within Ballymoney, housing eleven classrooms running from P1 to P7. It also has a large dinner hall, assembly hall, and a computer room. The school has a library and a classroom for special needs children.
Historically, Ballymoney Primary has been a predominately protestant school, but was scheduled to be integrated in September 2009 following a very narrow vote in favour of the idea.
Ballymoney Primary's principal is Mr. G. McVeigh, while the vice principal is Mrs. Herron. And a new 2013 principal Mrs. Jamison
  • Garryduff Primary School
Garryduff primary school is for pupils aged 4–11, it is located on the Garryduff road approximately 3 miles out of Ballymoney it has got a new extension with a new multi-purpose hall and a new classroom. The current principal is Miss Tannahill.
  • Landhead Primary School
Landhead Primary School is a primary school for pupils aged 5 to 11 years, located on the Kilraughts Road, close to Ballymoney Rugby Club.
In 2004 the Sunday Mirror reported on the school's cat "Tigger". The cat has since featured on local news and radio programmes.
  • Leaney Primary School
Leaney Primary School is located near Ballymoney High School, on Intermediate Road, approximately 1 mile from the town centre. The school for children aged 4 to 11, is a part of the Eco-Schools programme which aims to raise pupils awareness of sustainable development issues. The current principal is Miss V Moorhouse.
  • Lislagan Primary School
Lislagan Primary School is located about three miles from Ballymoney, in a rural location. It is a controlled school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 11. Enrollment has risen steadily over the last five years and currently stands at 94. It is within the North Eastern Education and Library Board area.
  • St. Brigid's Primary School
St. Brigid's Primary School is located in Castle Street.

Secondary schools

  • Ballymoney High School
  • Dalriada School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Ballymoney


  • Northern Regional College, Ballymoney campus


Association football clubs in the area include Ballymoney United F.C. and Glebe Rangers F.C..

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