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Coordinates: 54°52′N 6°17′W / 54.86°N 6.28°W / 54.86; -6.28
Scots: Bellamaina,[1] Bellamena[2]
or Seiven Tours[3]
Irish: an Baile Meánach
Ballymena town hall.jpg
Ballymena town hall
 Ballymena shown within Northern Ireland
Population 28,717 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference D1003
    - Belfast  28 miles (45 km) SE 
District Ballymena
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT42
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Antrim
NI Assembly North Antrim
List of places
Northern Ireland
Ballymena signal box
Ballymena railway bridge crossing the Galgorm road with a brick building to the right which is sadly no longer with us
Old train station at Ballymena
New Ballymena train station

Ballymena is a town in Northern Ireland, in the United Kingdom. The actor Liam Neeson[4] and the politician and church minister Ian Paisley used to live in the town.

Population facts

On 29 April 2001 the United Kingdom government had a census and found that there were 28,717 people living in Ballymena. They also found that:

  • 21.6% of people living in Ballymena were over 16 years old and 19.6% were over 60 years old
  • 47.5% were male and 52.5% were female
  • 24.2% were from a Roman Catholic background and 72.2% were from a Protestant background.
  • 3.9% of people aged from 16 to 74 had no job.[5]


  1. NMSC annual report 2002 – Ulster-Scots
  2. Carrick Castle – Ulster-Scots NI Dept of the Environment.
  3. The Online Scots Dictionary Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. The Guardian Film website.
  5. Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website