Overlooking the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey from Cavehill
|Population||65,646 (2011 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||BT36, BT37|
Newtownabbey (from Irish: Baile na Mainistreach ['b?al n 'm?ant?x]) is a large settlement north of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Sometimes considered to be a suburb of Belfast, it is separated from the rest of the city by Cavehill and Fortwilliam golf course. At the 2011 Census, Metropolitan Newtownabbey Settlement had a population of 65,646, making it the third largest settlement in Northern Ireland. It is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Largely a residential area, Newtownabbey is also home to many engineering and computer industries. Retail and leisure facilities include the Abbey Centre, the Valley Leisure Centre, the Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre, The Theatre at the Mill, Glengormley Moviehouse, Glengormley Sportsbowl and three large public parks. The main campus for the University of Ulster is based in the Jordanstown area of Newtownabbey. Although the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster merged with the current Belfast campus in 2018.
Newtownabbey was formed by the merging of seven villages; Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Whitewell. It was formally brought into being on 1 April 1958. Before its inception, the expanse fell under the jurisdiction of the Belfast Rural District Council.
The timeline of the local government authority is: Newtownabbey Urban District Council (1958-1973), Newtownabbey District Council (1973-1977), Newtownabbey Borough Council (1977-2015) and Antrim & Newtownabbey District Council (2015- ).
Below is a list of townlands that are within Newtownabbey's urban area, alongside their likely etymologies.
* citation for derivations
The following housing estates have Irish-derived names, although they are not named after townlands:
Until 2014 Newtownabbey operated under its own council comprising Ballyclare, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Carnmoney, Mallusk and Rathcoole. However, from 2014 it has operated as a larger Council after merging with Antrim to create Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The current electoral ward and areas are:
(Aldergrove, Clady, Crumlin, Mallusk, and Templepatrick)
(Antrim Centre, Fountain Hill, Greystone, Springfarm, Steeple, and Stiles)
(Ballyclare East, Ballyclare West, Ballynure, Ballyrobert, and Doagh)
(Cranfield, Parkgate, Randalstown, Shilvodan, and Toome)
(Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Carnmoney, Collinbridge, Glebe, Glengormley, and Hightown)
(Abbey, Carnmoney Hill, O'Neill, Rathcoole, Valley, and Whitehouse)
(Ballyduff, Fairview, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Mossley, and Rostulla)
On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 65,646 people living in Newtownabbey. Of these:
Northern Ireland Railways runs trains serving three railway stations: Mossley West railway station on the Belfast-Derry railway line and Jordanstown railway station and Whiteabbey railway station on the Belfast-Larne railway line.
Connecting trains run on the Belfast-Derry railway line from Mossley West, "Northbound" to: Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine (for the branch to University (Coleraine), Dhu Varren and Portrush), Castlerock, Bellarena, Londonderry. And "Southbound" to Yorkgate, Belfast Central (change for Belfast-Bangor railway line and the Enterprise), Botanic, City Hospital, Belfast Great Victoria Street and onwards.
Whilst the Belfast-Larne railway line serving Whiteabbey and Jordanstown and connects with other stations including the principal stations of Carrickfergus, Whitehead, Larne Town and Larne Harbour, heading "Northbound". And heading "Southbound" the same stations as listed above apply.
Bus services are provided by Metro.
Stephen Boyd (4 July 1931 - 2 June 1977) was a Northern Irish-American actor. Originally from Glengormley, County Antrim, Boyd appeared in some 60 films, most notably as the villainous Messala in Ben-Hur (1959), a role that earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.
Newtownabbey is twinned with: