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Ballynure

Derivation:
Baile an Iúir: ‘Farmstead of the Yew Tree

Potted history:
Ballynure is a small village in Co Antrim and is effectively split in two by the A8 main road which runs from Belfast to Larne.

The village has a rich cultural heritage and boasts a number of famous residents. The families of General Macomb and Mark Twain once lived here whilst the author of Gulliver’s Travels the Reverend Jonathan Swift was said to have regularly preached in the village.

Opposite Christ Church, one of the oldest buildings in Ballynure, is the Ballynure Graveyard. It’s here you’ll find ‘the corpse house’ originally used to store bodies until they were no longer ’fresh’ enough for body snatchers to make money from them.

Do not miss:
The back walk, a stretch of pathway between the Green Road and Ballynure Road crosses an area known as Clements Hill, the one time residence of the Clemens, later to become Clements, family. This is the ancestral home to Mark Twain, originally christened Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

A little local knowledge:
Leaving Ballynure aged 7, Alexander Macomb, son of John Gordon Macomb, went on to become a great landowner in possession of much of New York State. He had a home on Broadway which he leased to George Washington.

Famous folk:
Sam Houston, one time Governor of Texas, was a US national hero and has family roots in Ballynure.

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The Industrial Heritage of Co Antrim