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Coordinates: 54°39′25″N 5°54′25″W / 54.657°N 5.907°W / 54.657; -5.907

Irish: Baile Nua na Mainistreach
Newtownabbey is located in Northern Ireland

 Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
Population 62,056 (2001 Census)
District Newtownabbey
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT36, BT37
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
NI Assembly East Antrim
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland • Antrim

Newtownabbey (Irish: Baile Nua na Mainistreach) is a large northern suburb of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is separated from the rest of Belfast by Cavehill and Fortwilliam golf course. Newtownabbey Urban Area covers most of the parish of Carnmoney. It includes the townlands and/or housing estates of Ballyduff, Ballyhenry, Carnmoney, Glengormley, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Rathcoole and Whiteabbey, among others (full list).

Overall Newtownabbey Urban Area had a population of 62,056 people in the 2001 Census. It is within the Newtownabbey Borough Council area.



The new town of Newtownabbey was created in 1958 from the existing villages of Carnmoney, Glengormley, Whitehouse, Jordanstown, Monkstown and Whiteabbey. In 1973, Ballyclare and its rural hinterland were added to the Newtownabbey Urban District Council to form the new Newtownabbey District Council, which was later awarded the status of borough.


The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Newtownabbey, which includes a list of incidents in Newtownabbey during The Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.


It is a huge residential area with many modern housing estates. It is also a large industrial base with many engineering and computer industries based in the Monkstown and Carnmoney areas. Retail and leisure facilities include the Abbey Centre, Northcott Shopping Centre and Glengormley Moviehouse. The main campus for the University of Ulster is based at Jordanstown. Newtownabbey is the largest town on the island of Ireland. The government has proposed new council structures for all of Northern Ireland. As a result, Newtownabbey Borough Council will be subsumed into Inner East Council.[1]


Like the rest of Ireland, the area of Newtownabbey is split into a number of townlands (bailte fearainn), whose names are derived from the Irish language. Many of its roads and housing estates are named after them. The townlands are:

  • Ballyduff (from Baile Dubh meaning "black townland" or Baile Uí Dhuibh meaning "Ó Duff's townland")
  • Ballygolan (from Baile Gobhláin)
  • Ballyhenry
  • Ballyvesey
  • Carnmoney (from Carn Monaidh meaning "cairn of the bog")
  • Collinward
  • Croghfern
  • Drumnadrough
  • Dunanney
  • Glengormley (from Gleann Ghormlaithe meaning "blue-grey valley")
  • Jordanstown (Baile Shiurdáin)
  • Monkstown, historically Ballynamanagh (from Baile na Manach meaning "townland of the monks")
  • Whiteabbey (an Mhainistir Fhionn)
  • Whitehouse (an Teach Geal)

The following housing estates were not named after townlands:

  • Mallusk (from Maigh Bhloisce)
  • Mossley (from Maslaí)
  • Rathcoole (from Ráth Cúile meaning "corner of the ringfort")

2001 Census

Newtownabbey Urban Area is classified as a large town (i.e. with population between 18,000 and 75,000 people) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)[2] and is within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 62,056 people living in Newtownabbey. Of these:

  • 21.8% were aged under 16 years and 19.1% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.1% of the population were male and 51.9% were female
  • 19.4% were from a Catholic background and 76.2% were from a Protestant background.
  • 3.2% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service[3]



International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Newtownabbey is twinned with:

Newtownabbey has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:



  1. ^ Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland Provisional Recommendations
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website.
  4. ^ "Rybnik Official Website - Twin Towns". 2008 Urząd Miasta Rybnika. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  5. ^ "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr Destrict". © 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-28.  


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