County Antrim

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County Antrim
Contae Aontroma
County Antrim in Northern Ireland
Basic data
Country: United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Administrative headquarters: Antrim
Province: Ulster
Irish name: Aontroim
Surface: 2845 km²
Residents: 566,000 (estimate)
County Antrim is traditionally divided into baronies

Antrim ( Irish : Aontroim ) is one of six historic counties ( counties ) of Northern Ireland .


The county lies between Lough Neagh , the River Bann and the coast of the Irish Sea , the North Channel. Most of the county is made up of the Antrim Mountains in the northwest. The eastern half of Lough Neagh, a large lake, is also part of the county.


The north of the county has belonged to the Christian kingdom of Dalriada since the 5th century . The Irish part was separated from the Scottish part by the Normans in the early 9th century and formed the Kingdom of Ulidia (or Ulaidh) with what is now County Down . After the conquest by the Normans in the 12th century, this continued as the county of Ulster . The English sovereignty weakened over time, until it was renewed in the 17th century by Oliver Cromwell . The county was formed and the land was distributed to English landowners.


The economy is concentrated in the Belfast catchment area , which extends up to Antrim . The rest of the country is heavily agricultural with sheep and cattle breeding. The town of Bushmills is economically important, with Old Bushmills, one of the most famous and oldest whiskey distilleries in the country. Numerous types of whiskey, some of them high-quality, are produced there.




Giants Causeway
Glenariff in County Antrim about 1895
Craigs Dolmen

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Coordinates: 54 ° 50 ′  N , 6 ° 10 ′  W