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Cogry-Kilbride is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, about 4 km west of Ballyclare. The village encompasses the two townlands of Cogry and Kilbride. It had a population of 1,195 people in the 2001 census. Kilbride is also a civil parish. It is situated in Antrim and Newtownabbey district.
The names Cogry and Kilbride come from Irish: Coigríoch, meaning "border-land, frontier" and Cill Bhríde meaning "Bríd's church". Kilbride is also called Burnside as it is beside a small river (or "burn"). The "Cogry Burn" forms a narrow, wooded corridor through the village centre and the mill buildings at the foot of the valley slopes are a prominent landmark to the south of the village.
Cogry was originally a mill village built and owned by the McMeekin family during the mid 19th century, who also owned Cogry Mill. But it declined in the 1950s with the closure of the mill and the demolition, in the 1970s, of Cogry Square. In recent years the village has been revitalised by housing development. As the two settlements are so close they are often treated as one.
Cogry/Kilbride is classified as a Village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,195 people living in Cogry/Kilbride. Of these:
- 26.3% were aged under 16 years and 7.3% were aged 60 and over
- 50.2% of the population were male and 49.8% were female
- 1.5% were from a Catholic background and 93.7% were from a Protestant background
- 2.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
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