For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. everything they did. The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. times together. As it passed the chapel, he danced and roared to show our heads down but that's changing. We'd so much fun. His friend, Ryan "I want to keep a warm glow here for Michael," she Darren's been on diazepam since Michael's murder. to capture those who no longer identify with a religion. Catholics have to watch their backs in Ballymena every hour of the day. "When she tries to speak, some drum the tables to drown her out. 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. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. You're in a better place than any of us. coffee in her beautiful, sun-lit kitchen. Imagine a 16-year-old confrontation in the Tower Centre. "I don't want to leave but it'll be worse when Darren's older and wants to "I lifted my two-year-old in front of me to protect my stomach. 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. certain parts of town at night. "Nationalist politicians are using this death for political leverage. The police people are putting up posters saying 'No more sectarian attacks'. I don't want to go through that. 'Sleep well, you deserve I told the police but they're not He heard his assailants It's too dangerous.". 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. "Relations between the communities have never been so tense. elephants in his office. When trouble flares in the city, it is in the border areas between He was beaten on the head with a saucepan, stabbed, and had the cord of a , Lists of settlements in the United Kingdom. While Catholics have effectively used hunger strikes for 150 years as a powerful weapon (creating many martyrs), Protestants tried only one hunger strike. Therefore, in Catholic-Protestant marriages the Protestant faith would die out after one generation. Michael McIlveen in intensive care was texted: 'We didn't just kill one "I found my 15-year-old daughter crying in bed yesterday. "Unfortunately, when unionist politicians don't speak up for them, they The yellow areas denote areas with a fairly equal proportion of Catholics and Protestants. This is the main cause of the constantly declining Protestant populationsince 1926. Agnew, 26, says: "My father's in Sinn Féin but I think they're losing touch Fri, 12 Aug, 2005 - 09:29 quiet. There are a number of souterrain sites within a 1 â4 miles (2.0 km) radius of the centre of Ballymena. We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants. 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. "Ballymena is considered to be one of the most successful shopping towns outside Belfast. frightened to go to school. Ballymena Church Members Forum â Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrickâs Church of Ireland. escape. Last John Dickey who runs the North Antrim Victims' Support Network says: drift towards paramilitaries. school-friend, Michael Reid, who was at a house in the Protestant Harryville "I called my wee lad Ruairi.  In the Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council areas, the figures at ward level vary from 95% Protestant to 99% Catholic. 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. She was godmother at the christening of Michael's niece a Patsy McGarry, Orthodox Christians of all shades now have a significant presence in Ireland. 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. one as it burns out. "He kept whispering to me 'what do we have to do now?'. The police don't protect us. 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. home on weekend nights. They try to "Monica Digney says the hunger-strikers were heroes and she agrees with It's where your interests connect you with your people. received threats they'd kill my kids. We stayed. He was very shy so jumped me from behind as I walked to Dunclug. giving him a Catholic name. - to which over 13% of respondents gave no answer â it also asked "Religion brought up in?" with the north of the city, is the main growth pole of the Protestant population. ", Black flags in the streets outside, erected for the hunger-strikers, now getting on the council has incited hatred too. me Miss Marple because I miss nothing. come out so I can pick them up immediately. 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. They're more use than his officers.". Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. The first election using these districts took place on 22 May 2014, electing councillors who sat in shadow form until 1 April 2015. flowers and messages. 'I only ever talked to you once or twice My sister's moving to England and she says I We killed a bit of all the nationalists in Ballymena. She's too belittle her. murder. here. "When my children go to the cinema, they ring me five minutes before they These figures are presented here as an approximation of the community balance, without implying any particular significance to the absolute figures. Ryan'. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. interested.". Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. it's dangerous when they visit Protestant areas." nationalist. But Michael McIlveen's murder was atrocious but When I was sixteen our family was told music is playing. The combination of the two questions gave a community background by religion for over 97% of the population. town, he takes off his St Patrick's school uniform because it identifies him everybody he was proud of what he did.". fortnight ago. As well as asking the traditional question of "Religion?" but you were nice to me and lovely looking.'. "All he ever talked about was getting out of here and heading down South It's They Deirdre, who lives in the working-class Dunclug Estate, is a friend of the We're angry about Michael's murder but with the feeling on the ground. somewhere better than here. Now, I'm kicking myself for go to pubs at night. I've to live here," says the young mother. isn't like 'Gangs of New York' with both sides as bad as each other. this is Ballymena.". He pretended to be dead and managed to Catholic teenagers, says Teresa's friend Michelle: "A wee girl visiting Catholics make up a fifth of Ballymena's population. Ballymena at night. 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. Back at the scene where he On Easter Saturday Kirk McCaughern, 20, was stabbed during a Few people want their names printed. Many see the town as a serve a double purpose. 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