North Down

District (pop., 2001: 76,323), eastern Northern Ireland.

Located on the southern shores of Belfast Lough, it was established in 1973, with Bangor as its administrative seat. Most of the working population is employed in Belfast. Tourism flourishes, and Bangor is a popular seaside resort.

* * *

      district, eastern Northern Ireland. Formerly within County Down, North Down was established in 1973 and consists of gently undulating lowland on the southern shores of Belfast Lough (inlet of the sea). It is bordered by the city of Belfast to the west and by the districts of Castlereagh and Ards to the south. North Down's northern border is a 15-mile (25-km) coastline on Belfast Lough, extending from Holywood in the west to Orlock Point in the east. The town of Bangor, now the administrative seat of the district, grew up around a monastery founded by St. Comgall at the mouth of Belfast Lough in about 555. The monastery was destroyed by the Danes in the 9th century, rebuilt in the 12th century, and dissolved by the English in 1542. Later, Scots and Welsh Protestants founded Bangor town.

      There is some dairy farming and light industry in North Down. Most of the working population, however, is employed in the city of Belfast, making North Down essentially a residential and recreational district. Tourism flourishes in the area; Bangor is a popular seaside resort. The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (opened 1964) located outside Holywood has open-air buildings brought from their original sites and reerected in similar surroundings. A primary highway extends along the coast of North Down from Belfast to Bangor. Area 29 square miles (74 square km). Pop. (2004 est.) 77,624.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • North Down — Borough Buirg an Dúin Thuaidh …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • North Down — can refer to: North Down Borough Council in Northern Ireland. North Down (Assembly constituency) in Northern Ireland. North Down (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency) in Northern Ireland. North Down (UK Parliament constituency) in Northern… …   Wikipedia

  • North Down —   [ nɔːθ daʊn], Distrikt in Nordirland, 82 km2, 74 000 Einwohner, Verwaltungssitz ist Bangor …   Universal-Lexikon

  • North Down — Sp Šiáurės Dáunas Ap North Down L Š. Airijos apyg., D. Britanija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • North Down — geographical name district E Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 28 square miles (73 square kilometers), population 70,308 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • North Down — Distrito (pob., 2001: 76.323 hab.) en Irlanda del Norte oriental. Situado en la ribera sur del lago de Belfast, se creó en 1973 con Bangor como su capital. Gran parte de su población activa trabaja en Belfast. Dado el auge del turismo, Bangor se… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • North Down Hockey Club — Address The Green, Castle Lane, Comber, Co Down Website Email Secretary 2006 2007 Jim Patterson Sports Men s Ladies Hockey Branch …   Wikipedia

  • North Down (Assembly constituency) — North Down Northern Ireland Assembly County constituency North Down shown within Northern Ireland First Used: 1973 …   Wikipedia

  • North Down Cricket Club — North Down Founded: 1857 Home ground: The Green North Down Cricket Club is an Irish cricket club based in Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland, playing in the NCU Premier League. It was founded in 1857. Currently the Club fields four… …   Wikipedia

  • North Down Athletic Club — is an athletics clubs from Northern Ireland. North Down AC was formed in 1974 and was based until 2001 in Ward Park, Bangor using the former cricket pavilion, now demolished. Somewhat ironically with the Sportsplex track closed for repairs,… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.