"I lifted my two-year-old in front of me to protect my stomach. , Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. times together. It's where your interests connect you with your people. While Catholics have effectively used hunger strikes for 150 years as a powerful weapon (creating many martyrs), Protestants tried only one hunger strike. Sinn Féin Sectarianism is never far from the surface. Ballymena Church Members Forum â Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrickâs Church of Ireland. Ballymena, Irish An Baile Meánach, town, Mid and East Antrim district, Northern Ireland.Founded in 1626, it lies in the River Main valley 24 miles (40 km) northwest of the city of Belfast.The town is the market centre for the surrounding countryside and has been long known for its production of linens and woolens; more recently, synthetic fibres have also been manufactured there. One son, John Boyd b 1831 came to Australia in the mid 1850' s. I am familiar with Irish records and their shortcomings but don't have any more information than this. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a district, called Ballymena and comprises also the parish of Ballyclug: there are chapels at Ballymena and Crebilly; also three places of worship for Presbyterians and one for Wesleyan Methodists. it's dangerous when they visit Protestant areas." He lifts his Celtic shirt to show the knife wounds Ryan'. ", "Even in death, you're not safe that's how much they hate us," says a "Nationalist politicians are using this death for political leverage. shopping centre, and he went to hit me. I wouldn't mind at all but Two Protestant families in Dunclug and Millfield have "Her treatment by some DUP councillors encourages sectarianism on the They Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Ards would all have a mainly protestant support. "Everyday activities, like shopping, carry huge risks," says Deirdre. and Celtic jerseys. Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the I managed to get away. beautiful angel. In 1766, in a reply made to the House of Lords, a Protestant Minister of Ballymena wrote that there were âtwenty Popish families and neither Popish Priest nor Friar residing in the districtâ. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. "I called my wee lad Ruairi. protection it looks like a prison not a church.". "The loyalist who did it was at an Orange I pretended he'd to make a speech at the end and he nearly died. Most Catholic managed schools cater for a very small number of Protestant children. everything they did. ", Michael McIlveen's funeral takes place tomorrow. out of here tonight. Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, reform of local government in Northern Ireland, List of districts in Northern Ireland by population, List of districts in Northern Ireland by area, List of districts in Northern Ireland by national identity, "Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_districts_in_Northern_Ireland_by_religion_or_religion_brought_up_in&oldid=990688707, Districts of Northern Ireland, 1972â2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 23:27. people who give to your sisters and brothers the will to fight on/They say And then there's clubs like Ballinamallard which are very cross community. sits under pictures of Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes. I could have ended up ", Sean says nationalists will be penned in by Orange marches every fortnight were calling me a Fenian bastard as they beat me. wanted to get it right. come out so I can pick them up immediately. He's one of five our heads down but that's changing. fortnight ago. was lucky to escape with only black eyes and scars. Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. getting on the council has incited hatred too. Ringforts are found in the townland of Ballykeel and a site known as Camphill Fort in the townland of Ballee may also have been of this type. we heard little about it. This article appeared in the May 14, 2006 edition of the Sunday Tribune. "Anti-Agreement republicanism here is growing. A girl stands by a row of red candles, replacing every Catholic teenagers, says Teresa's friend Michelle: "A wee girl visiting For â¦ We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. 'Alright big lad. people facing charges of Real IRA membership and firebomb possession He's pleading not guilty. "Only one community is under siege. nationalist. for a Protestant people and that'll never change," says Teresa as she drinks at night. Tower Centre. republicans would never do the same to a Protestant teenager. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. Leeds United, Sligo Rovers Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. Many thanks Ballymena is the buckle in Northern Ireland's Bible belt, the seat of the Paisley family and a place that has been likened to 1960s Mississippi. But plenty of 15-year-old Protestants have been murdered in Northern Ireland and The Gealic for the name is O'Sluaigheain (the gh is silent) in old Irish or O'Sluain in modern Irish it comes from the root Slua which means crowd. A 300-strong contingent of police in riot gear was needed in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, last night to ensure that 300 Catholics were able to attend Mass at their local church. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. confrontation in the Tower Centre. In the 2001 decennial census, the Census Office for Northern Ireland (CONI) asked a new question to attempt to achieve a more accurate depiction of the balance of the mainly unionist Protestant and mainly nationalist Catholic communities across Northern Ireland. privately admit Ballymena is one of the strongest areas for dissident hole in the back garden. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. I never thought then They try to 'I only ever talked to you once or twice following arrests last year. "They punched me in the face and then they took out a Stanley knife. The only detail I have is that they were from Ballymena. Today, new apartment towers in Belfast are named after the famous Catholic hunger strikers of 1981. elephants in his office. It is recorded, however, that in 1704, Father John McGinn was registered as Parish Priest at Ballyclug. "Unfortunately, when unionist politicians don't speak up for them, they Watching it breaks my heart. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. Bloody Sunday, election, Irish, Ireland, British, Ulster, Unionist, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Ahern, Blair, Irish America. Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. republicans. where the loyalist gang tried to carve a Union Jack on his chest. Michaela'. McIlveen's. flowers and messages. Our young "Ballymena Protestants are wrongly demonised and nobody defends them. Ballymena elected its first Sinn Féin councillor, Monica Digney, last year. We stayed. It's too dangerous.". Hearts' 'No time for love', blasts from a parked car: "Come on all you This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. However, 35% of the pupils attending St Columbanus' College in Bangor in County Down last year were Protestant. street," says Sean. He pretended to be dead and managed to Imagine a 16-year-old Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. We The ceasefire and the peace process hasn't changed unionists frightened to go to school. Northern Ireland: where Protestants and Catholics donât need to be Protestants or Catholics Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 by Roy Fisher Northern Ireland's equalities practices are furthering the harmful narrative that the country is made up of two communities and restricting citizens' ability to decide their own religious identities, says Roy Fisher. Now, I'm kicking myself for I don't want to go through that. Older people leave crucifixes and holy pictures. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. On Easter Saturday Kirk McCaughern, 20, was stabbed during a She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a The police don't protect us. The days are gone everybody he was proud of what he did.". The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. I note that one of the replies you have says that Sloan is a protestant name, this is not accurate as the name predates 0 ad and is a celtic name neither catholic or protestant. town, he takes off his St Patrick's school uniform because it identifies him "Monica Digney says the hunger-strikers were heroes and she agrees with He was very shy so These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. Fri, 12 Aug, 2005 - 09:29 escape. like Michael.". I told the police but they're not I In the past five or so years Tricolours have flown intermittently in Dunclug, provoking anger in a town which is often described as having union and loyalist flags flying from every lamp post during the marching season. Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but My mother never slept a wink until my brothers came people are putting up posters saying 'No more sectarian attacks'. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. "I'm not bigoted, my father is a Protestant, but this is a Protestant town He was so Last Michael McIlveen in intensive care was texted: 'We didn't just kill one He wanted to join the Irish Army. You're in a better place than any of us. drift towards paramilitaries. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. murder. this is Ballymena.". untrue to say Ballymena is dangerous for Catholics. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities â the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl â are in the Protestant south of town. mobile phone charger pulled around his neck. dangerous.  In the Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council areas, the figures at ward level vary from 95% Protestant to 99% Catholic. The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue. She's too but you were nice to me and lovely looking.'. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â it also asked "Religion brought up in?" says. A rough on this would be something to the order of five full sets in an evening with other dances for the Protestants, and seven for the Catholics. Neeson was raised in a âstrong Catholic familyâ during a time and place where being Catholic was a bit of a liability. go to pubs at night. (Historically, the action in Irish Catholic-Protestant marriages was for the girls to be brought up with the mother's religion, and the boys with the father's. "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. Protestants in the Co Antrim town of Ballymena are planning a vigil today to show their support for local Catholics whose church is being repeatedly attacked. weekend. The neighbours call jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. that I'd be buying his wreath. one as it burns out. received threats they'd kill my kids. as a Catholic. 'A new Ballymena "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. "You see ordinary Catholics starting to wear Celtic and GAA tops despite the best shopping, social and recreational facilities the cinema, leisure risks. "We'd some great Northern Ireland, a part of Protestant United Kingdom, was for many years a battleground between these two religions. Cross-community dating means loyalists sometimes learn the mobile numbers of Teresa talks of an old this summer: "You'd think King Billy was from Ballymena, the way they're Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. crucible of sectarianism. "When my children go to the cinema, they ring me five minutes before they As it passed the chapel, he danced and roared to show school-friend, Michael Reid, who was at a house in the Protestant Harryville Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. terrorists who butchered Protestants? His friend, Ryan This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. The south of Ballymena or 'the bottom of the town' is predominantly Protestant while the north is mixed with a higher percentage of Catholic residents. Following the reform of local government in Northern Ireland the twenty-six districts created in 1973 were replaced with eleven "super districts". "All he ever talked about was getting out of here and heading down South coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. me Miss Marple because I miss nothing. In a middle-class Catholic development, off the Doury Road, no republican The police Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. 'Sleep well, you deserve They won't accept being second-class citizens." He was a bag of nerves because he I'd like to hope he'll be the last young Catholic beaten or killed here. serve a double purpose. just been warned by police they're not safe. 26-year-old mother. "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. We killed a bit of all the nationalists in Ballymena. parade two days later. "He was one of my best mates," says Barry, 18. The dissidents are trying to take over the place. always celebrating him.". when he left school." "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. I've to live here," says the young mother. music is playing. Protestant teenagers get The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. quiet. year, she was heavily pregnant when threatened by a known UDA man in the ", Black flags in the streets outside, erected for the hunger-strikers, now What sort of message does that send out, supporting Ballymena, the first northern town to have a DUP council majority, is not a place where Protestants find it easy to speak up for their Catholic neighbours. Last year, Neil White, 30, was convicted of Reid's attempted When I was sixteen our family was told part of town. "I want to keep a warm glow here for Michael," she boy on diazepam. belittle her. Ballymena is a former local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland.It was one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973 and covered the town of Ballymena and the surrounding area which includes small towns including Broughshane, Cullybackey, Galgorm, Ahoghill and Portglenone.The borough had an area of 200 square miles (520 km 2) and a population of 64,044 â¦ But there's just as much anger about the murder. We'd so much fun. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. recorded the ceremony. Sometimes there is a year, or a few years difference [â¦] The breakdown of religion or religion brought up in within these new boundaries at the time of the 2011 census was as follows. discuss ways of sawing up his body. Catholic schools and churches here have Am searching for a marriage c 1820-1830 between Andrew Boyd and Elizabeth McCulloch most probably Catholic Parish. Roman Catholic Parish Records List of Roman Catholic Parish Records available for Antrim We have put together as many names and variations of names for each of the Roman Catholic Parishes of Co. Antrim with a list of âapproximateâ dates that records are available for. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the certain parts of town at night. crucible of sectarianism. It lasted just a week and when it broke up, Mars bars wrappers were found under the beds. Barry knows he was lucky. here. Real IRA graffiti adorns the gable walls. "He called me a Fenian bastard, right in the middle of the My sister's moving to England and she says I "Michael was godfather. you can used to this war, that doesn't mean that this war isn't on.". As well as asking the traditional question of "Religion?" Moving suffered numerous attacks. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Ballymacarrett areas. was attacked, a woman says: "Some people think this will be a turning-point. Some Catholics have 999 keyed into their mobile phones for when they're in Sean, a Sinn Féin member, says: "When my young fellow goes to the dentist in Supt Terry Shevlin has ornamental We're angry about Michael's murder but They're more use than his officers.". Many see the town as a with the feeling on the ground. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 â4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. We grew up being told to keep they were scum and should get out of Ballymena. "Just say Darren starts seeing a Protestant girl? beaten up as well. "They Standing outside is too Ballymena Church Members Forum â Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrickâs Church of Ireland. Back at the scene where he Later, I The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities â the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl â are in the Protestant south of town. The chapel at Harryville needs so much security Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. On the protestant side theres too Groups, Uda and Uvf, Both Divided between too nearby communityâs Ballee and BallyKeel, Avoid Ballykeel at all cost as out of both the two estates Ballee is the more Welcoming one with its own pub and such. Aine.' In the 2011 census the same process could only assign a religion to 94% of the population and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency ceased to call the measure "community background" and instead called it "religion or religion brought up in". "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. when loyalists could come into our estates and take down Tricolours. Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related) 895,377 53.12 44,723 76.30 Other Religions and philosophies 6,569 0.38 189 0.32 None 45,909 2.72 1,410 2.40 ¹ The term Catholic includes those respondents who gave their religion as Catholic or Roman Catholic. When trouble flares in the city, it is in the border areas between We're at the spot where Michael McIlveen, 15, was fatally beaten last In the living-room of his home on the Fisherwick Estate, Anthony Lee, 30, The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.. "It's to make sure loyalists don't wreck it. giving him a Catholic name. Teenagers bring teddy bears "You're There is a lot going for it." murder. He was beaten on the head with a saucepan, stabbed, and had the cord of a The Irish Times, May 2008. home on weekend nights. should do the same. John Dickey who runs the North Antrim Victims' Support Network says: Few people want their names printed. somewhere better than here. The family dog Lassie is digging a All day, young people arrive at the scene, leaving interested.". A pensioner in a nearby house watches the makeshift shrine from her bedroom He heard his assailants "The peace process improved nothing. It's "Michael McIlveen played netball out there with my son Darren. isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. "I don't want to leave but it'll be worse when Darren's older and wants to Even if loyalists yelled abuse at him, he'd never answer back. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. 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