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About Holywood

I was first elected in 2001 to represent the people of Holywood electoral area on North Down Borough Council.

Holywood is a town in County Down, Northern Ireland, on the shores of Belfast Lough, between Belfast and Bangor. It had a population of 12,037 people in the 2001 Census. Holywood Exchange, the George Best Belfast City Airport, and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum are nearby. The town also hosts an annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

Holywood was named by the Normans after the woodland surrounding a monastery founded by St. Laiseran before 640.

Famous features of the town include the Maypole, the ruins of the Old Priory and the Rosamund Praegar sculpture, "Johnny the Jig".

Holywood Maypole, May 1st 2005

Several wooded parks surround Holywood and offer spectacular panoramic views of the City of Belfast and across the Lough to Carrickfergus. Seapark in particular comprises bowling greens, soccer pitches, tennis courts and a putting green. Landscaped areas and a children's playground are good starting points for the North Down Coastal Path which runs 16 miles to Portavoe

Sporting facilities include Queens leisure centre, Holywood Yacht Club and two Golf Clubs.


Photo by J. Barron

posted by Cllr. D. Peacocke @ 1:23 PM,

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