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The local area guide to living in Randalstown
Located in County Antrim, Randalstown is a sleepy little village located between the bigger towns of Toone and Antrim. It became notable as a settlement during the 16th century and derives its name from Randall MacDonnell, chief of Clan MacDonnell of Antrim. Randalstown is historically known for being important for the industries of iron and linen making, and there is a quirky memorial in the centre of town celebrating this, made from a wind turbine that used to generate mains electricity and things rescued from the Old Beach Linen Company after its closure. The largest landmark in Randalstown is the disused railway viaduct, which is now a footpath and part of the beautiful River Maine Pathway. Randalstown has a small main street with a selection of small shops, a library, a butchers and a café.
Information about the local residents
At the 2011 census, Randalstown had 5,099 residents, up only very slightly from 4,956 people counted in 2001. At the 2001 census, 15.5% of people fell into the 65 and above age bracket, whilst 25.7% of people were 16 years old and under.
Randalstown has three primary schools, Maine Integrated Primary School, Mount St. Michael’s Primary School and Randalstown Central Primary School, all of which were classed as ‘very good’ in recent Training Inspectorate reports. The local secondary school is St Benedict’s College, a co-educational school for students aged 11-16, which was commended as ‘very good’ in a recent report.
Randalstown is conveniently located on the A6, and close to the M22, which turns into the A6 towards the west, continuing to Castledawson, and goes to Belfast in the east. There is a decent bus service that has routes out to surrounding villages and towns, as well as a route to Belfast, which takes an hour and a half to reach. All that remains of Randalstown’s railway is the defunct viaduct and the nearest train station is at Antrim, which is five miles down the road. Randalstown is only 8 miles from Belfast Airport, making it very convenient for holiday or business travel.
As a relatively small place, Randalstown doesn’t have many shops but there are a couple of convenience stores that can take care of day to day needs, with the larger supermarket and chain stores being within easy reach at Antrim and Belfast. There are a good few pubs to choose from, such as the Black Bull Brasserie, a small hotel that serves food, Marrian’s Bar (described as ‘warm and welcoming) and The Front Room, a cosy café housed in an old forge.
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