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District Electoral Area
Balmoral Wards.png
Map showing Balmoral wards within Belfast
Area 13.71 km2 (5.29 sq mi)
Population 29,681 (2008 Estimate)
• Density 2,165/km2 (5,610/sq mi)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • Belfast South
NI Assembly
  • Belfast South
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Northern Ireland

Balmoral (from the Irish: Baile Mhoireil) is the most southern of ten district electoral areas (DEA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The district elects five members to Belfast City Council and contains the wards of Belvoir; Finaghy; Malone; Musgrave; Windsor; and Upper Malone. Balmoral, along with neighbouring Botanic, forms the greater part of the Belfast South constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament.

The district is bounded to the west and south west by the M1 Motorway, to east and south east by the River Lagan, to the east and north east by the Malone Road and to the north by Belfast City Hospital, Queen's University Belfast and Royal Victoria Hospital.

The Lisburn Road is the main arterial route through the centre of the district, which also contains a number of public facilities including: the King's Hall conference and exhibition centre, the Musgrave Park Hospital, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and Windsor Park, the home ground of the Northern Ireland national football team. It is served by the Adelaide, Balmoral and Finaghy railway stations.


The DEA was created for the 1985 local elections, where it contained five wards. Four of the wards came from the abolished Area C, which it effectively replaced, with the final ward, Blackstaff, coming from Area F. From the 1993 local elections to the 2011 elections, the area contained six wards, following the creation of the Musgrave ward. For the 2014 local elections, it lost the wards of Blackstaff and Windsor and gained the Belvoir ward, which had previously been part of the abolished Castlereagh Borough Council.


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Blackstaff 3,998 15% 71.5% 1.8% 11.7% 1.92 km2 2,082/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
2 Finaghy 4,555 49.2% 42.6% 2.6% 5.6% 2.59 km2 1,759/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
3 Malone 5,555 61.2% 30.3% 2.3% 6.3% 2.18 km2 2,548/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
4 Musgrave 4,927 60.6% 32.9% 1.7% 4.8% 1.78 km2 2,768/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
5 Upper Malone 4,841 29.4% 60.1% 2.5% 8.1% 4.32 km2 1,121/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
6 Windsor 8,141 41.6% 40.7% 5.8% 11.8% 0.92 km2 8,849/km2 Belfast South Belfast South
Balmoral 32,017 43.8% 44.8% 3.1% 8.3% 13.71 km2 2,335/km2

2011 Elections

Windsor Park football stadium - Empty
Windsor Park is the home of the Northern Ireland football team.
See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Tom Ekin 1,762
Democratic Unionist Ruth Patterson 1,553
Sinn Féin Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 1,465
Social Democratic and Labour Claire Hanna 1,443
Ulster Unionist Bob Stoker 922
Social Democratic and Labour Niall Kelly 743
Social Democratic and Labour Bernie Kelly 706
Ulster Unionist Jim Kirkpatrick 578
Democratic Unionist Sharon Simpson 396
[[Green Party in Northern Ireland|Template:Green Party in Northern Ireland/meta/shortname]] Mark Simpson 282
[[People Before Profit Alliance|Template:People Before Profit Alliance/meta/shortname]] Andrew King 107
Turnout 9,957
Sinn Féin gain from Democratic Unionist

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