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Ballymoney town hall
Population 10,393 (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
List of places
Northern Ireland
AntrimCoordinates: 55°04′16″N 6°30′29″W / 55.071°N 6.508°W / 55.071; -6.508

Ballymoney (from Irish: Baile Monaidh, meaning "homestead on the peatland" [ˈbˠalʲə ˈmˠʊnˠəi]) is a small town and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is currently served by Ballymoney Borough Council. 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 10,393 people in the 2011 Census.

Ballymoney has expanded in recent years and a lot of new houses have been built. This is primarily as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area. 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 84.8 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.


2011 Census

It had a population of 10,393 people (4,353 households) in the 2011 Census.

2001 Census

Ballymoney is classified as a small town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 9,021 people living in Ballymoney. Of these:

  • 22.6% were aged under 16 years and 17.8% were aged 60 and over
  • 47.3% of the population were male and 52.7% were female
  • 17.3% were from a Catholic background and 79.8% were from a Protestant background
  • 3.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service

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.
  • Joey Dunlop (1952–2000), known as the "King of the Road", was five times World Motorcycle Champion with 24 Ulster Grand Prix wins, 13 North West 200 wins and 26 Isle of Man TT wins. He was killed while racing in Estonia in 2000. A statue of Dunlop stands in the town.
  • 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.

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