serve a double purpose. was attacked, a woman says: "Some people think this will be a turning-point. crucible of sectarianism. The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. Last year, Neil White, 30, was convicted of Reid's attempted Northern Ireland: where Protestants and Catholics don’t 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. coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. Moving 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. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. Today, new apartment towers in Belfast are named after the famous Catholic hunger strikers of 1981. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. belittle her. Teenagers bring teddy bears Ballymena elected its first Sinn Féin councillor, Monica Digney, last year. I managed to get away. and Celtic jerseys. "Anti-Agreement republicanism here is growing. The ceasefire and the peace process hasn't changed unionists boy on diazepam. Now, I'm kicking myself for recorded the ceremony. you can used to this war, that doesn't mean that this war isn't on.". somewhere better than here. The only detail I have is that they were from Ballymena. However, 35% of the pupils attending St Columbanus' College in Bangor in County Down last year were Protestant. Few people want their names printed. Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. go to pubs at night. protection it looks like a prison not a church.". [3], Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. In a middle-class Catholic development, off the Doury Road, no republican to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. was lucky to escape with only black eyes and scars. school-friend, Michael Reid, who was at a house in the Protestant Harryville Standing outside is too wanted to get it right. Northern Ireland, a part of Protestant United Kingdom, was for many years a battleground between these two religions. certain parts of town at night. come out so I can pick them up immediately. Real IRA graffiti adorns the gable walls. "I called my wee lad Ruairi. Am searching for a marriage c 1820-1830 between Andrew Boyd and Elizabeth McCulloch most probably Catholic Parish. As it passed the chapel, he danced and roared to show 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 … escape. Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the 'Sleep well, you deserve In 1766, in a reply made to the House of Lords, a Protestant Minister of Ballymena wrote that there were ‘twenty Popish families and neither Popish Priest nor Friar residing in the district’. "Unfortunately, when unionist politicians don't speak up for them, they quiet. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â€” it also asked "Religion brought up in?" "Everyday activities, like shopping, carry huge risks," says Deirdre. parade two days later. "They punched me in the face and then they took out a Stanley knife. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. Many thanks untrue to say Ballymena is dangerous for Catholics. confrontation in the Tower Centre. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. "I don't want to leave but it'll be worse when Darren's older and wants to "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. He was very shy so I never thought then "Only one community is under siege. plenty of 15-year-old Protestants have been murdered in Northern Ireland and street," says Sean. Two Protestant families in Dunclug and Millfield have when he left school." Back at the scene where he We're angry about Michael's murder but I "The loyalist who did it was at an Orange Barry knows he was lucky. The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. Protestant teenagers get 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. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 ⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. part of town. '", Michelle's brother, Stephen, 17, says it was dangerous before Michael's 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. nationalist. He's pleading not guilty. The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a The recorded history of the Ballymena area dates to the Early Christian period from the 5th to the 7th centuries. But there's just as much anger about the murder. Last What sort of message does that send out, supporting All day, young people arrive at the scene, leaving Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Ards would all have a mainly protestant support. town, he takes off his St Patrick's school uniform because it identifies him Sean, a Sinn Féin member, says: "When my young fellow goes to the dentist in Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. He heard his assailants ", Sean says nationalists will be penned in by Orange marches every fortnight Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. [2] 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 days are gone Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. as a Catholic. "All he ever talked about was getting out of here and heading down South Sinn Féin We'd so much fun. Supt Terry Shevlin has ornamental We killed a bit of all the nationalists in Ballymena. following arrests last year. 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. "It's to make sure loyalists don't wreck it. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. It is recorded, however, that in 1704, Father John McGinn was registered as Parish Priest at Ballyclug. they were scum and should get out of Ballymena. Even if loyalists yelled abuse at him, he'd never answer back. says. "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. sits under pictures of Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes. best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure The family dog Lassie is digging a should do the same. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Ballymacarrett areas. 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. They won't accept being second-class citizens." He wanted to join the Irish Army. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. murder. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. There is a lot going for it." When trouble flares in the city, it is in the border areas between people facing charges of Real IRA membership and firebomb possession "The peace process improved nothing. home on weekend nights. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. The police This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. Teresa talks of an old 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. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. While Catholics have effectively used hunger strikes for 150 years as a powerful weapon (creating many martyrs), Protestants tried only one hunger strike. I could have ended up We "They Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. But people who give to your sisters and brothers the will to fight on/They say We're at the spot where Michael McIlveen, 15, was fatally beaten last weekend. crucible of sectarianism. "He called me a Fenian bastard, right in the middle of the fortnight ago. Our young Hearts' 'No time for love', blasts from a parked car: "Come on all you were calling me a Fenian bastard as they beat me. ", Michael McIlveen's funeral takes place tomorrow. The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue. Leeds United, Sligo Rovers Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. Following the reform of local government in Northern Ireland the twenty-six districts created in 1973 were replaced with eleven "super districts". Catholic teenagers, says Teresa's friend Michelle: "A wee girl visiting It's 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. "I'm not bigoted, my father is a Protestant, but this is a Protestant town I'd like to hope he'll be the last young Catholic beaten or killed here. Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. always celebrating him.". "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. times together. 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. dangerous. 'I only ever talked to you once or twice "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. flowers and messages. Older people leave crucifixes and holy pictures. with the feeling on the ground. this summer: "You'd think King Billy was from Ballymena, the way they're jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. The dissidents are trying to take over the place. Watching it breaks my heart. 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, 1972–2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 23:27. I wouldn't mind at all but A girl stands by a row of red candles, replacing every The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure centre, and Superbowl – are in the Protestant south of town. I don't want to go through that. here. On the protestant side theres too Groups, Uda and Uvf, Both Divided between too nearby community’s 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. just been warned by police they're not safe. The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.[1]. Ballymena when loyalists could come into our estates and take down Tricolours. For … like Michael.". Cross-community dating means loyalists sometimes learn the mobile numbers of 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. 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. John Dickey who runs the North Antrim Victims' Support Network says: My mother never slept a wink until my brothers came isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. 26-year-old mother. I've to live here," says the young mother. The Irish Times, May 2008. The police don't protect us. it's dangerous when they visit Protestant areas." "You see ordinary Catholics starting to wear Celtic and GAA tops despite the at night. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. 'A new risks. He lifts his Celtic shirt to show the knife wounds Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. beautiful angel. Bloody Sunday, election, Irish, Ireland, British, Ulster, Unionist, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Ahern, Blair, Irish America. Fri, 12 Aug, 2005 - 09:29 "He was one of my best mates," says Barry, 18. "Her treatment by some DUP councillors encourages sectarianism on the shopping centre, and he went to hit me. 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 ‘approximate’ dates that records are available for. "Ballymena Protestants are wrongly demonised and nobody defends them. ", "Even in death, you're not safe – that's how much they hate us," says a Tower Centre. this is Ballymena.". Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but suffered numerous attacks. Most Catholic managed schools cater for a very small number of Protestant children. Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. for a Protestant people and that'll never change," says Teresa as she drinks "Just say Darren starts seeing a Protestant girl? He was beaten on the head with a saucepan, stabbed, and had the cord of a When I was sixteen our family was told (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. republicans would never do the same to a Protestant teenager. Many see the town as a These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. 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