Bally (from Irish: Baile an Chai Style, which means “city of the castle”) [4] is a small town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The town lies on the north-eastern coastal tip of the island of Ireland, at the northern mainland boundary of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland can be seen from the coast. The Ould Lammas Fair is held every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. Bally is home to Corrymeela Community. It was the main seat and the dismantling of the old Moyle and is part of the North Antrim constituency. Its elected MP Ian Paisley Jr. Bally was named the best place to stay in Northern Ireland in a list compiled by The Sunday Times in 2016.


Bally is classified as a small town on the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. [5] On April 29, 2001 2001 census, the population of Bally was 5089, of the following:

25.3% were younger than 16 years, and 18.7% were aged 60 and over

46.8% of the population were male and 53.2% were women

77.7% were from a Catholic background and 20.5% were from a Protestant background

6.5% of the population aged 16-74 were unemployed

Tourist attractions

Breakers on the Antrim Coast near Ballyshannon, Ireland, with cliffs Fairhead .Skottland appears in the distance on clear days.

Fairhead, Ballycastle’s promontory rising 196 meters (643 feet) from the bay. Goats can be seen roaming among the rocks below the cliffs, where a walkway called “The Gray Man road winds around the rugged coastline. From the road, an artificial island or the Iron Age Crannog can be seen in the middle of a large lake. [6]

Knocklayde, a heather-covered mountains with an altitude of 1,695 feet, crowned by Carn na Truagh (heap sorrow), and offers sweeping views of Ballycastle, Rathlin Island, Fair Head and Scotland. [7]

Glentaisie, the northernmost of the nine Glens of Antrim, at the foot of the mountain Knocklayde. It is named after Princess Taisie, daughter of King Dorm of Rathlin Island. According to legend Taisie, known for its great beauty, was betrothed to Congal, heir to the Kingdom of Ireland. King of Norway also sought her hand in marriage, and when he came to claim his bride, her wedding party to Congal had begun. The king and his army tried to capture Taisie, but in the ensuing battle he was killed, and his army fled leaderboard and empty-handed.

Carey, Glenshesk and Tow Rivers flow down from the valleys of the River Margy. It then flows into the Sea of Moyle beginning of the Strand. [8]

Strands Beach Bally designated a Blue Flag beach.

Pans Rocks, which are the remains of an iron salt desert is located at the far end of Ballycastle Beach, stands out in the sea provides a popular spot for fishing.

Marconi memorial

Devils Churn, located just beyond the Pans Rocks, has steps carved in stone leading to an underwater tunnel.

Clare Clare Park Road, was a farm owned by the then local nobility, the McGildownys. The 17th century building has been pulled down, but it was in a place high up on the Antrim coast.

A bike path runs from Bally to Cushendun, dry-head, with spectacular views and scenery. From the road above the Dry Head entire Moyle (the North Channel can) be seen. A popular place for coastal sea fishing, Torr Head has also enkustbevakning station, which is remarkable because it was built on and out of the remnants of Dunvarragh, fort Barach.

The Corrymeela Community (a Christian organization that promotes peace and reconciliation, founded in 1965) is based on Corrymeela, just outside Ballymena.

Overlooking the harbor, there is a monument to Guglielmo Marconi, whose employees have created the world’s first commercial wireless telegraph transmission between Bally and East Lighthouse påRathlin Island.

Buildings of note

Rathlin Island Ferry, Ballycastle Harbour

Holy Trinity, Church of Ireland, located in Diamond, that is, the main square. Like the rest of the Diamond, is the church of class “A” shown. Built by Colonel Hugh Boyd, who bore the total cost, the church was completed in 1756. It was built in the Greco-Italian style with an apse-shaped chancel, and an octagonal spire of about 100 feet high. It was effectively a chapel for the Boyd family and the estate for many years. The remains of many Boyd descendants are in the vaults below – although it was always the subject of Episcopal jurisdiction. It was given to the Church of Ireland in about 1950. The church is open every day 9:00-05:00.

Bonamargy Friary Cushendall is off the road on the approach to and the Bally is a late Franciscan Foundation was founded in 1485 by Rory MacQuillan. Locked vault holding the remains of the famous chieftain Sorley Boy MacDonnell, and several of the Earls of Antrim. The Friary most famous residents are the 17th century prophet and hermit Julia MacQuillan. Known as “The Black Nun”, she wanted to be buried at the entrance to the chapel, so that she could be trampled under the feet of those who entered. [Citation needed] A round-holed cross marks his grave.

Kinbane castle is located on a promontory jutting into the sea, about 3 miles (5 km) from Ballymena on the road to Ballintoy. Originally a two-story, it was built in 1547 by the Colla MacDonnell, who died within its walls in the 1558th

There are several churches in Ballymena. Bally’s Presbyterian Church (Castle Street) has a distinctive round towers. [9]

Notable people

Sir Roger Casement, Irish writer and Republican Revolutionary

Michael Dallat, previously titular Bishop of Thala

Michelle Fairley, actor

Conleth Hill, actor

Donal Lamont, Emeritus Bishop of Mutare, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 1978

David McWilliams, folksinger and musicians

John Samuel Bewley Monsell, priest and hymn writer

Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, Cardinal and Primate of Scotland [10]

Robert Quigg, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross


Bus services in Bally operated by TransLink.

A ferry, which is currently operated by Rathlin Island Ferry Company, runs between the city and Rathlin Island as part of a lifeline service. The ferry service to the island formerly operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Ferries previously sailed between Ballycastle and Campbeltown in Scotland, but the service was discontinued in June 2002. A passenger ferry service to Campbeltown, run by the Kintyre Express, now go Friday to Monday during the summer months and on Mondays and Fridays during the winter months. [11]

Bally railway station was opened October 18, 1880, but ended 3 July 1950. It was at Bally Railway, a narrow gauge railway that ran 17 miles connecting Ballymoney Ballymoney station, the railway Belfast and northern counties (BNCR), later Northern County Committee (NCC) and now part of the Northern Ireland railways.

Unrest in Ballymena

There have been four cases of what has come to be known as the troubles in Northern Ireland.

Loyalist paramilitaries left a car bomb outside the Roman Catholic Church (St. Patrick and St. Brigid) in the city of 26 August 1973. It was timed to explode as massgoers left the church. But the service was running late, and the bomb detonated when the congregation was still inside the church, to avoid large losses of human lives. 50 people were injured, three of them seriously. [12]

On June 19, 1979 Irish Republican Army bombed five hotels in different coastal towns in Northern Ireland, including Bally Marine Hotel. William Whitten, a 65-year-old Protestant hotel guest, was seriously injured in the explosion, he died three weeks later. [13] [14]

Spence McGarry (46), an off-duty member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), was killed when a Provisional Irish Republican Army trap bomb attached to his car exploded in the Castle Street car park, Bally April 6, 1991. [15] Gerard Butler was sentenced in 1993 for the attack, and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. [16]

In 2001 there was an attempt at mass murder of the Ulster Volunteer Force, when a car bomb was left in Castle Street during the annual Lammas Fair. [17]

Parade disputes

In the past, there has been unrest in the Orange Order parades in the city. In 2001, there was serious unrest at the July 12 parade. As a result, Silver Plains flute band from nearby Moyarget, were forbidden to march in the city because of accusations of sectarian behavior and paramilitary trappings. [18] The North Antrim Orange Order held its annual parade in the city in 2006 after discussions between residents, Orange Order, entrepreneurs, and Sinn Féin parade passed off without incident. [Citation needed]


As with the rest of the British Isles, Bally experiencing a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The nearest official Met Office weather station that online records available are Bally Patrick Forest, [19] about four miles east-southeast of Bally Patrick.


Sports of local interest include tennis, bowling (Mary Street), hurling, gaelic football (Whitehall / Leyland Road), and skateboarding. [Citation needed]

Gaelic Games

The McQuillan GAC Bally club has won 17 Antrim Senior Hurling Championships, the second most by a club [citation needed]. The club has won six Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championships and were finalists in the 1980 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship final. [Citation needed] The club has a number of teams from U8 to both the Senior Hurling and Gaelic football.

The city is also the site of Pairc Mac Uílín, the current Antrim Hurling


Ballycastle Golf Club offers an 18-hole championship course is open year round for both members and non-members. [21] The track is one of the four courses played each June in the world-famous Causeway Coast Golf Tournament. [22]


During the summer, the host city of two tennis tournaments, including one run by Moyle. [23]

The compound football

Ballymena United Football Club together with Moyle FC in 2011, and the team is now competing in Coleraine and District League tomorrow. [24]


Ballymena Bowling Club is located outdoors on the sea-front.

Contact: Mr. Samuel Craig 70 Cape Castle Road Ballycastle BT54 6ht Tel: 028 207 51328

See also

Market Houses in Northern Ireland


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