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Population 5,140 (2011 Census)
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CRUMLIN
Postcode district BT29
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • South Antrim
NI Assembly
  • South Antrim
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54°37′N 6°14′W / 54.62°N 6.23°W / 54.62; -6.23

Crumlin (from Irish: Cromghlinn, meaning "crooked glen") is a town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is at the head of a wooded glen on the Camlin River, near Lough Neagh, and 20 miles (32 km) west of Belfast city centre. Belfast International Airport lies just north of the village at Aldergrove. It had a population of 5,140 people in the 2011 Census. It is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey district. It also hosts the headquarters of Lidl in Northern Ireland.


The town's old linen mill was built in 1809.

A stone clock tower, built in 1897 as a memorial to a member of the Pakenham family who were landlords in the area, stands at the top of the village near the former railway station.

In 1972, during The Troubles, a bomb went off prematurely near Crumlin, killing two IRA members.


2011 Census

In the 2011 Census Crumlin had a population of 5,099 people (1763 households).

2001 Census

Crumlin is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e., with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 4,259 people living in Crumlin. Of these:

  • 28.3% were aged under 16 and 11.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.3% of the population were male and 50.7% were female
  • 75.4% were from a Catholic background and 23.3% were from a Protestant background
  • 3.4% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service]


Crumlin railway station opened on 13 November 1871 but is now closed.

Translink runs an Ulsterbus service from Crumlin to Lisburn, Antrim, Belfast International Airport and Belfast city centre.


In the 2011 Census Crumlin had a population of 5,140 people (1,777 households). On Census day in 2011:

  • 27.4% were aged under 16 and 9.5% were aged 65 and over
  • 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
  • 80.3% were from a Catholic background and 16.7% were from a Protestant or other Christian background
  • 4.2% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.


Crumlin United F.C provides association football for more than 300 men, women, boys and girls, from under-6 to senior level. Broader membership of approx. 400. Crumlin United are proud owners of a 9-acre ground on Mill Road in the centre of the village, this wonderful facility consists of one of the best grass playing surfaces in the country and a recently constructed a full size 3G playing service. It also has a two-story Clubhouse with a fully licensed Bar and Lounge, which is open 7 days a week. On the pitch Crumlin United 1st XI recently reached the semi-final of the Steel and Sons cup losing 1-0 to Newington FC. This in turn qualifies Crumlin United to enter the County Antrim Senior Shield in 2018, bringing competitive Senior Football to the village of Crumlin for the first time in history.

Aldergrove GAC, a well established Gaelic Athletic Association with 13 teams incorporating men's and ladies football as well as being strongly represented at all levels underage. The club currently has a player base in excess of 300 and broader membership of approx. 500. The Club, based on Glenavy Road in the village, provides structured Gaelic football boys and girls, as well as social and cultural events. The senior men's team was promoted to Division 1 in 2012 for the first time in the club's history and stayed there until relegation in 2017. They also won the Antrim Intermediate Championship in 2019 for the first time since 1977 and will now represent Antrim in the Ulster Intermediate Championship.


  • Crumlin Integrated College
  • St. Joseph's Primary School
  • Crumlin Integrated Primary
  • Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach
  • Naíscoil Ghleann Darach
  • Sleepy Hollow Day Nursery - offering day care and early education, including only two year old programme in the village known as Eager and Able to Learn

Irish language

In recent years, a growing Irish-speaking community has evolved in the area and Crumlin now caters for both pre-school and primary school education through the medium of Irish. Naíscoil and Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach now has almost 70 children attending the Irish medium school and almost 30 in the nursery, with 15 members of staff. The Gaelscoil (primary school) is recognised by the Department of Education.

Two voluntary groups, Cumann Gaeilge and Cairde Ghleann Darach, encourage and support the school and promotion of the Irish language. The local societies help organise fund-raisers for the local schools and clubs and organise Irish language classes, an annual Irish language funday, a céilí, a bi-lingual pub quiz, and other events in the area.

Early Years Provision and Day Care

Crumlin hosts one of Ireland's few All Ireland Centre of Excellence accredited nurseries. Sleepy Hollow, based at Largy Road, has been established for almost 30 years. It offers the highest standards of care for the under 12's and this has been recognised by Early Years and Early Childhood Ireland who awarded this accolade to Sleepy Hollow. The setting also offers a unique 2-3 year old programme four mornings per week which follows the Queen's University research based Eager and Able to Learn curriculum. Sleepy Hollow operates a Reggio Emilia Approach in the setting for the under 5's and a playwork curriculum based on Bob Hughes 'playtypes' for school age children. Sleepy Hollow is also the largest childcare provider in Northern Ireland.

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