From Mesolithic to Motorcycles, discover the history, beauty and mystery of Ballymoney. Ballymoney Museum re-opened in May 2009 following a £400,000 re-development, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The permanent exhibition explores the heritage of Ballymoney over the past 9,000 years and includes an exciting exhibition on the heroes of motorcycle road racing. The museum also has a History Resource Area that contains information useful for genealogical research. Ballymoney Museum is owned and managed by Ballymoney Borough Council
The Borough of Ballymoney is renowned for its rich and colourful history. Fertile land has attracted people to this region since the early Stone Age and through the centuries Celts, Vikings, Normans, Scots and English have all claimed land and settled here.
Many remnants of the past can be found in the local landscape – Stone Age megalithic graves, Early Christian stone carvings, ring forts, Norman mottes and countless old graveyards and churches. The oldest building in the Borough is the Tower in Ballymoney Old Church Graveyard, which dates to 1637.
There were two uprisings the area - the Revolt of 1641 and the United Irish Rebellion of 1798. In the campaigns which led to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, James II and his men were garrisoned here, immediately followed by the army of King William III as he regained control of the North. Throughout the 19th Century, Ballymoney thrived as a market town and country traditions still feature in the lives of the many rural villages
Famous sons of the Borough include George Macartney of Lissanoure, first British Ambassador to China; Samuel McClure who founded the first newspaper syndicate in America; Samuel Robinson who founded the American Stores Company; Sportsmen Kennedy K. McArthur, gold medalist at the 1912 Olympics, and the late Joey Dunlop, five times World Champion motorcycle road racing hero.
To discover more of the history of the Borough and its people, visit Ballymoney Museum.
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