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Antrim

Antrim is one of the six counties of Ireland in the United Kingdom.

It is in the Province of Ulster.

It has an area of approximately 1,100 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 617,000.

It is the ninth largest county in Ireland.

The Irish name for Antrim is Aontroim meaning Single Ridge. Originally the name was an Old Celtic name Oentreb meaning Single House. From Aon meaning one and Treabh meaning house. This was reinterpreted in Irish as Aon meaning one and Droim meaning ridge.

The county town of Antrim is Belfast.

It is part of Eastern Ulster, also known as Inner Ulster.

The highest point in Antrim is Trostan at 1,817 feet.

Antrim is famous for its glens.

The Nine Glens of Antrim are:

Glentaisie.

Glenshesk.

Glendun.

Glencorp.

Glenaan.

Glenballyeamon.

Glenariff.

Glencloy.

Glenarm.

The glens were linked in 1834 by the Antrim coast road.

This road was initially constructed for famine relief.

The Giant’s Causeway is located in Antrim.

The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Carrickarede rope bridge is located in Antrim.

The largest Island in Northern Ireland, Rathlin, is located off the coast of Antrim.

Antrim is only one of two counties in Ireland where the majority of people are Protestant.

There are five full parliamentary constituencies in Antrim.

There are parts of four other parliamentary constituencies in Antrim.

The village of Bushmills, famous for whiskey, is located near the Giant’s Causeway.

Carrickfergus Castle was built by the Normans and completed in 1177.

According to legend St Patrick spent seven years as a slave near Slemish Mountain in Co. Antrim.

The actor Liam Neeson is from Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

Antrim is bordered by three counties.

These are Armagh, Down, and Londonderry.

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