Portmore Lough

Portmore Lough (from Irish Loch an Phoirt Mhóir, meaning 'lake of the great landing place') is a small lake in southwest County Antrim, Northern Ireland that drains water into nearby Lough Neagh. It is roughly circular and covers an area of 286 hectares. The Lough and its shoreland is designated a Ramsar site, a Special Protection Area (SPA) and an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).[1] The lough is now part of a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature reserve.[2]

The lough is near the site of the former Portmore Castle, erected in 1664 and removed in 1761.[3] It is also the presumed location of the Portmore Ornament Tree whose demise in a windstorm of 1760 is lamented in the Irish folk song, Bonny Portmore.[4]

Portmore Lough has the alternative name Lough Beg[4] (Loch Bheag, or "small lake"), not to be confused with the Lough Beg on the Lower Bann.

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Portmore Lough


  1. ^ Oxford Island
  2. ^ "The RSPB: Portmore Lough". RSPB. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. ^ Castles of Ireland - County Antrim
  4. ^ a b "Ceolas: The Fiddler's Companion". Retrieved 30 May 2012.

Coordinates: 54°34′N 6°15′W / 54.567°N 6.250°W

1664 in Ireland

Events from the year 1664 in Ireland.


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Gawley's Gate

Gawley's Gate is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lough Neagh, seven miles to the north of Lurgan and ten miles west of Lisburn. It is notable mainly for Gawley's Gate Inn which attracts patrons from the outlying townlands. It also has a jetty and picnic area which is popular amongst many boating enthusiasts on the Lough.[1] It consists of merely half a dozen houses in close proximity; however, it is a focal point for much of the countryside on the shore of Lough Neagh from Glenavy to Lurgan. The rural location means that much of the community is involved in farming in some capacity. The landscape is quite wet with marshland and dense woods giving way to cleared hillocks or 'islands' where settlements have developed. It also a popular destination with wildfowlers and birdwatchers due to the habitat which exists particularly around the RSPB sanctuary at nearby Portmore Lough.[2]

The name "Gawley's Gate" is attributed to the family that controlled the toll gate when this section of the road was first constructed in the 17th Century. In Irish, it is known as Geata Mhic Amhlaí.

The quay and picnic area at Gawley's Gate was constructed with funding from the European Peace Programme and was opened by the First Minister David Trimble and Agriculture Minister Bríd Rodgers on 7 May 2007.

There has been ongoing residential development in the area in recent years with three separate developments being constructed: Loughview, Bayview and James Lodge. In total these three developments would have about 100 houses. Until recently there was a small shop, a post office and a petrol station beside the Gate Inn. However the Post Office closed in the late 1990s and the shop closed shortly afterwards.

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List of Areas of Special Scientific Interest in County Antrim

This is a list of the Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

In Northern Ireland the body responsible for designating ASSIs is the Northern Ireland Environment Agency – a division of the Department of Environment (DoE).

Unlike the SSSIs, ASSIs include both natural environments and man-made structures. As with SSSIs, these sites are designated if they have criteria based on fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. On top of this, structures are also covered, such as the Whitespots mines in Conlig, according to several criterion including rarity, recorded history and intrinsic appeal.For other sites in the rest of the United Kingdom, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

The data in the table is taken from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's website in the form of citation sheets for each ASSI.

Ballycarry ASSI

Ballycastle, County Antrim Coalfield ASSI

Ballygill North ASSI

Ballymacaldrack ASSI

Ballynanaghten ASSI

Ballypalady ASSI

Black Burn ASSI

Breen Wood ASSI

Caldanagh Bog ASSI

Carey Valley ASSI

Carrickarade ASSI

Castle Point ASSI

Castletown ASSI

Church Bay ASSI

Cleggan Valley ASSI

Cloghastucan ASSI

Cloghfin Port ASSI

Copeland Reservoir ASSI

Craigahulliar ASSI

Craigs ASSI

Culnafay ASSI

Dunloy Bog ASSI

Fair Head and Murlough Bay ASSI

Feystown ASSI

Frosses Bog ASSI

Galboly ASSI

Garron Plateau ASSI

Garry Bog ASSI

Garry Bog Part II ASSI

Giant's Causeway and Dunseverick ASSI

Glarryford ASSI

Glenariff ASSI

Glenariff Glen ASSI

Glenarm Woods ASSI

Glenarm Woods Part 2

Glenballyemon River ASSI

Glen Burn ASSI

Gortnagory ASSI

Inner Belfast Lough ASSI

Kinramer South ASSI

Larne Lough ASSI

Leathemstown ASSI

Lemnalary ASSI

Linford ASSI

Little Deer Park ASSI

Lough Beg ASSI

Lough Neagh ASSI

Minnis ASSI

Montiaghs Moss ASSI

Newlands ASSI

North Woodburn Glen ASSI

North Woodburn Reservoir ASSI

Outer Belfast Lough ASSI

Portballintrae ASSI

Portmore Lough ASSI

Portmuck ASSI

Portrush West Strand ASSI

Ramore Head and The Skerries ASSI

Rathlin Island - Coast ASSI

Rathlin Island - Kebble

Rathsherry ASSI

Runkerry ASSI

Sandy Braes ASSI

Scawt Hill ASSI

Sheep Island ASSI

Slieveanorra and Croaghan ASSI

Slievenacloy ASSI

South Woodburn Reservoir

Straidkilly Wood ASSI

Tardree Quarry ASSI

The Gobbins ASSI

The Maidens ASSI

Tievebulliagh ASSI

Torr Head ASSI

Tow River Wood ASSI

Waterloo Bay ASSI

White Park Bay ASSI

White Rocks, Portrush ASSI

List of places in County Antrim

This is a list of cities, towns, villages and hamlets in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. See the List of places in Northern Ireland for places in other counties.

Towns are listed in bold.


Longkesh is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, near Lisburn. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 201 people. It is situated in the Lisburn City Council area.


Loughguile ( lokh-GEEL; derived from Irish: Loch gCaol, meaning "thin lake"), also spelt Loughgiel or Loughgeel, is a small village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated 8 miles east of Ballymoney it is within the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area, and is at the edge of the Glens of Antrim. It had a population of 396 people (128 households) in the 2011 Census.

Lower Ballinderry

Lower Ballinderry is a small village to the west of Upper Ballinderry in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland and civil parish of Ballinderry and the historic barony of Massereene Upper. The village lies a short distance to the southeast of Portmore Lough (a.k.a. Lough Beg) and Lough Neagh, 12 km to the west of Lisburn. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 441 people. It is part of the Lisburn City Council area.

The village sits at a crossroads that linked the medieval church site of Aghagallon (Ballinderry Old Graveyard), and later to the Plantation site of Portmore Castle. The village has at its core Ballinderry Moravian Church, a listed building which along with other listed structures forms a distinct core to the settlement around the crossroads. It has a pre-eminently 18th century character, visible in buildings, in form and layout, and in the lime tree plantings.

The local primary school is Lower Ballinderry Primary School. There is an Ulsterbus service between Lower Ballinderry and Lisburn.


Lurganure (from Irish: Lurga an Iubhair, meaning "long ridge of the yew") is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies to the west of Lisburn and is separated from Mazetown by the River Lagan. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 441 people. It is in the Lisburn City Council area.

Once a year, Lurganure plays host to the Party Duck, which nearly doubles its population.


Maghaberry or Magaberry (pronounced mə-GAH-bree, from Irish: Maigh gCabraí, meaning "plain of poor land") is a village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) west of Lisburn and 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Moira. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,696 people. It is one of the biggest villages within the Lisburn City Council area.

Millbank, County Antrim

Millbank is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is mostly within the townland of Carnanee, slightly north of Roughfort, between Templepatrick and Newtownabbey. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 93 people. It is in Newtownabbey Borough Council area.

Moss-side, County Antrim

Moss-side or Mosside (from Scots moss side, meaning "peat-bog district" or "district beside the peat bog") is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 270 people.

It is situated in the Causeway Coast and Glens local council area.


Portmore may refer to:

Portmore, Jamaica

Portmore United F.C.

Portmore, County Antrim, a townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Portmore Lough in Northern Ireland

Bonny Portmore, a lament of a large oak which once stood near Portmore Lough

Portmore, Hampshire

Earl of Portmore

Sigara fallenoidea

Sigara fallenoidea is a species of water boatman in the family Corixidae in the order Hemiptera.It was described by Hungerford and the type locality is in Canada. In Ireland Walton discovered a 'new' species of corixidae which he named Sigara pearcei. This was synonymised by Hungerford in 1950. The distribution of S. fallenoidea is therefore an extraordinary one including Canada, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine and Russia. In Ireland, Sigara fallenoidea is found in all the large lakes on the island. There are confirmed records from Loughs Neagh, Beg and Portmore Lough; Upper and Lower Lough Erne; Lough Melvin; Loughs Ree, Derg and Key on the Shannon; and Lough Corrib.

Toome Upper

Toome Upper is a barony in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. To its south lies Lough Neagh, and it is bordered by five other baronies: Toome Lower to the north; Antrim Lower to the north-east; Antrim Upper to the east; Massereene Lower to the south-east; and Loughinsholin to the south-east. Toome Upper also formed part of the medieval territories known as the Route and Clandeboye.

Places in County Antrim

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