Place:Northern Ireland

NameNorthern Ireland
Alt namesIrlande du Nordsource: BHA, Authority file (2003-)
Nordirlandsource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-123
Ulstersource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 465-466; Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 421
TypeCountry, Dependent state
Coordinates54.667°N 6.75°W
Also located inUnited Kingdom     (1927 - )
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland     (1921 - 1927)
Contained Places
County Antrim ( 1922 - 1973 )
County Armagh ( 1922 - 1973 )
County Down ( 1922 - 1973 )
County Fermanagh ( 1922 - 1973 )
County Londonderry ( 1922 - 1973 )
County Tyrone ( 1922 - 1973 )
Armagh (ecclesiastical province) ( 1922 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Northern Ireland ( ; Ulster-Scots: ) is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863,[1] constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in some areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act 1920. Unlike Southern Ireland, which would become the Irish Free State in 1922, the majority of Northern Ireland's population were unionists, who wanted to remain within the United Kingdom. Most of these were the Protestant descendants of colonists from Great Britain. However, a significant minority, mostly Catholics, were nationalists who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule. Today, the former generally see themselves as British and the latter generally see themselves as Irish, while a distinct Northern Irish or Ulster identity is claimed both by a large minority of Catholics and Protestants and by many of those who are non-aligned.

For most of the 20th century, when it came into existence, Northern Ireland was marked by discrimination and hostility between these two sides in what First Minister of Northern Ireland, David Trimble, called a "cold house" for Catholics. In the late 1960s, conflict between state forces and chiefly Protestant unionists on the one hand, and chiefly Catholic nationalists on the other, erupted into three decades of violence known as the Troubles, which claimed over 3,500 lives and caused over 50,000 casualties. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a major step in the peace process, including the decommissioning of weapons, although sectarianism and religious segregation still remain major social problems, and sporadic violence has continued.

Northern Ireland has historically been the most industrialised region of Ireland. After declining as a result of the political and social turmoil of the Troubles, its economy has grown significantly since the late 1990s. The initial growth came from the "peace dividend" and the links which increased trade with the Republic of Ireland, continuing with a significant increase in tourism, investment and business from around the world. Unemployment in Northern Ireland peaked at 17.2% in 1986, dropping to 6.1% and down by 1.2 percentage points over the year, similar to the UK figure of 6.2%. 58.2% of those unemployed had been unemployed for over a year.

Prominent artists and sportspeople from Northern Ireland include Van Morrison, Rory McIlroy, Joey Dunlop, Wayne McCullough and George Best. Some people from Northern Ireland prefer to identify as Irish (e.g., poet Seamus Heaney and actor Liam Neeson) while others prefer to identify as British (e.g. actor Sir Kenneth Branagh). Cultural links between Northern Ireland, the rest of Ireland, and the rest of the UK are complex, with Northern Ireland sharing both the culture of Ireland and the culture of the United Kingdom. In many sports, the island of Ireland fields a single team, a notable exception being association football. Northern Ireland competes separately at the Commonwealth Games, and people from Northern Ireland may compete for either Great Britain or Ireland at the Olympic Games.


How places in Northern Ireland are organized

Northern Ireland was divided into six counties until 1973, when the counties were replaced by districts. The standard at WeRelate is to title Irish place pages according to their county, which is then broken down into parishes and then into townlands. When a townland is not known, villages, hamlets, cities and towns will be placed directly under the county they are located in. Pages for the modern districts have not yet been created.

In many cases, the hierarchy of places in Northern Ireland, as it appears here, does not represent the modern or current place names. The townlands that have been added, for instance, come from the names and locations that were in place according to when the 1851 census was taken. The IreAtlas Townland database has been used as a reference.

Explanation of divisions

The following terms are used to describe the type of settlement the particular place is. The NINIS defines terms based on statistical analysis. This is used merely as a guide as words such as "hamlet," "village," and "town" are used on WeRelate to give a general idea of the type of location without being exact as to population:

  • Village: Described by NINIS as having more than 1,000 people but less than 2,500.
  • Settlement: An area having more than 2,500 people, but less than 4,500.
  • Town: More than 4,500 people.
  • Townland: Do not think of townlands as towns. "A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. There are over 60,000 of them and they range in size from an acre or two up to many thousands of acres. The majority are in the hundreds of acres. Townlands have various origins, some bearing ancient Irish names while others were created after the coming of the Normans in 1169. The Gaelic names of the majority of these divisions would seem to indicate a pre-Norman date for their creation. In rural Ireland in particular, the townland names are of great importance, still forming the basis for administrative purposes. Given the common use of some surnames, families are often identified by the townland they live in." [Source: Guide To Irish Land Division]
  • Parish: There are several different types of parishes in Ireland -- Catholic Parishes, Protestant parishes, Church of Ireland parishes and civil parishes. Since Griffith's Valuation used the civil parish, that is how the places have been arranged here.
  • County: Northern Ireland is broken down into six counties that are all located in the Ulster Province and are part of the United Kingdom. They no longer serve any local administrative role in government.
  • Province: "The oldest and largest land unit in Ireland is the Province, dating back into pre-history and early historic times. There were originally five Provinces in Ireland, with provincial ‘overkings’ who were supported by the kings of the smaller local kingdoms within. By the 17th century, the number of Provinces was reduced to four – Ulster in the north, Leinster in the east, Connaught in the west and Munster in the south." [See Main Administrative Land Divisions]

All places in Northern Ireland

Further information on historical place organization in Northern Ireland


Research Tips

  • A quick guide to tracing your Ancestors in Northern Ireland
  • The Irish Genealogy News blog reports that GRO Ireland has placed historical civil registers of birth, marriage and death on the free state-run The are some omissions of images and an embargo period. Read the details at

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