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Ballymoney Borough
Ballymoney in Northern Ireland.svg
Area 418 km2 (161 sq mi) 
Ranked 17th of 26
District HQ Ballymoney
Catholic 31.8%
Protestant 63.1%
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Councillors
Website www.ballymoney.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland

Ballymoney was a local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland. It was headquartered in Ballymoney. Other towns in the borough include Dervock, Dunloy, Cloughmills and Rasharkin. The borough has a population of 31,224 according to the 2011 census.

In May 2015 it was merged with the boroughs of Coleraine and Limavady to form the Causeway Coast and Glens district.

Creation

Ballymoney is one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973. It took over the areas Ballymoney Urban District Council and most of the surrounding Ballymoney Rural District in County Antrim.

Freedom of the town

In 2012 the Royal Irish Regiment and 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) were awarded the freedom of Ballymoney by the council. On both occasions the regiments held special marches through the town to celebrate the awards. Previous recipients of the award include the Royal Ulster Constabulary,Fire Brigade, Joey Dunlop,his brother Robert and former MP for the area Ian Paisley.

Town twinning

In 2000, Ballymoney Borough Council twinned with the French town of Vanves. Since 2001, the council has been a sister city of Benbrook in Texas and building on its motorcycling history, is also linked to the borough of Douglas, Isle of Man.

Demographics

Ballymoney is Northern Ireland's fastest-growing town in terms of population

The borough has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 79.0 years and 82.6 years for females.


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