jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. For … for a Protestant people and that'll never change," says Teresa as she drinks was lucky to escape with only black eyes and scars. "I called my wee lad Ruairi. However, 35% of the pupils attending St Columbanus' College in Bangor in County Down last year were Protestant. flowers and messages. Many see the town as a crucible of sectarianism. Teresa talks of an old When I was sixteen our family was told Older people leave crucifixes and holy pictures. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. 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. Aine.' Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. He was very shy so 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. These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. 'I only ever talked to you once or twice should do the same. always celebrating him.". He was a bag of nerves because he suffered numerous attacks. times together. sits under pictures of Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes. "Just say Darren starts seeing a Protestant girl? like Michael.". We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. "You see ordinary Catholics starting to wear Celtic and GAA tops despite the [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. nationalist. people facing charges of Real IRA membership and firebomb possession 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’. 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. wanted to get it right. frightened to go to school. risks. you can used to this war, that doesn't mean that this war isn't on.". Leeds United, Sligo Rovers Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic would be the two clubs with the highest percentage of Catholic fans. Barry knows he was lucky. "Monica Digney says the hunger-strikers were heroes and she agrees with 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. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. untrue to say Ballymena is dangerous for Catholics. These figures based on the 2011 census at district level mask wide variations on smaller scales. Hearts' 'No time for love', blasts from a parked car: "Come on all you The only detail I have is that they were from Ballymena. street," says Sean. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. 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. go to pubs at night. 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 … I managed to get away. What sort of message does that send out, supporting "Michael was godfather. Cross-community dating means loyalists sometimes learn the mobile numbers of Imagine – a 16-year-old 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. "Anti-Agreement republicanism here is growing. protection it looks like a prison not a church.". ", Michael McIlveen's funeral takes place tomorrow. here. He lifts his Celtic shirt to show the knife wounds Many thanks "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. boy on diazepam. And then there's clubs like Ballinamallard which are very cross community. The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue. Protestant teenagers get Bloody Sunday, election, Irish, Ireland, British, Ulster, Unionist, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Ahern, Blair, Irish America. He's one of five Real IRA graffiti adorns the gable walls. serve a double purpose. dangerous. Northern Ireland, a part of Protestant United Kingdom, was for many years a battleground between these two religions. Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Ards would all have a mainly protestant support. Ballymena We grew up being told to keep following arrests last year. home on weekend nights. It's Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. My sister's moving to England and she says I "Ballymena Protestants are wrongly demonised and nobody defends them. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. best shopping, social and recreational facilities – the cinema, leisure part of town. The family dog Lassie is digging a they were scum and should get out of Ballymena. Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland. As well as asking the traditional question of "Religion?" My mother never slept a wink until my brothers came On Easter Saturday Kirk McCaughern, 20, was stabbed during a In a middle-class Catholic development, off the Doury Road, no republican hole in the back garden. 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. I told the police but they're not Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. beautiful angel. Later, I Our young murder. This article appeared in the May 14, 2006 edition of the Sunday Tribune. The neighbours call 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. [3], Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. 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. republicans would never do the same to a Protestant teenager. Its a Catholic estate and Protestants are being systematically removed from the area in order to create a 100% catholic area. "I'm not bigoted, my father is a Protestant, but this is a Protestant town Find Catholic Churches near Ballymena on Yell. A pensioner in a nearby house watches the makeshift shrine from her bedroom Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the 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. mobile phone charger pulled around his neck. Sean, a Sinn Féin member, says: "When my young fellow goes to the dentist in A girl stands by a row of red candles, replacing every this summer: "You'd think King Billy was from Ballymena, the way they're people are putting up posters saying 'No more sectarian attacks'. These are found nearer the edges of the city, but also in the Ormeau Road and Ballymacarrett areas. All day, young people arrive at the scene, leaving Michael McIlveen in intensive care was texted: 'We didn't just kill one Michaela'. "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. beaten up as well. quiet. "You're as a Catholic. isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. "The loyalist who did it was at an Orange and Celtic jerseys. He heard his assailants The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers.[1]. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â€” it also asked "Religion brought up in?" I don't want to go through that. crucible of sectarianism. "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. Moving "The peace process improved nothing. belittle her. at night. Back at the scene where he Watching it breaks my heart. that I'd be buying his wreath. Teenagers bring teddy bears discuss ways of sawing up his body. They're more use than his officers.". "I want to keep a warm glow here for Michael," she everybody he was proud of what he did.". The Irish Times, May 2008. We come out so I can pick them up immediately. We stayed. She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a elephants in his office. They recorded the ceremony. we heard little about it. "Michael McIlveen played netball out there with my son Darren. just been warned by police they're not safe. This is a list of districts in Northern Ireland by religion or religion brought up in. "They "I don't want to leave but it'll be worse when Darren's older and wants to In the living-room of his home on the Fisherwick Estate, Anthony Lee, 30, The vast majority live in North Ballymena but the This was gathered from both sorts, Catholics that went to the Protestant dances and Protestants that went to the Catholic, to dance or to provide the music ~ with varying preferences. with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. "They punched me in the face and then they took out a Stanley knife. He was so There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 ⁄4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. Neeson was raised in a “strong Catholic family” during a time and place where being Catholic was a bit of a liability. parade two days later. Standing outside is too "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. McIlveen's. Get reviews and contact details for each business including phone number, postcode, opening hours and photos. when loyalists could come into our estates and take down Tricolours. Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. But there's just as much anger about the murder. Sinn Féin They won't accept being second-class citizens." ", "Even in death, you're not safe – that's how much they hate us," says a Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. I wouldn't mind at all but His friend, Ryan privately admit Ballymena is one of the strongest areas for dissident Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. It is recorded, however, that in 1704, Father John McGinn was registered as Parish Priest at Ballyclug. The police don't protect us. The dissidents are trying to take over the place. He wanted to join the Irish Army. 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