Infobox UK place
official_name= Kinallen
irish_name= Ceann Álainn

map_type= Northern Ireland
latitude= 54.381107229587194
longitude= -6.072092056274414
belfast_distance= 20 miles
population= 557 (2001)
irish_grid_reference= J252497
unitary_northern_ireland= Banbridge District
country= Northern Ireland
post_town= DROMORE
postcode_area= BT
postcode_district= BT25
dial_code= 028, +44 28
constituency_westminster= Lagan Valley
lieutenancy_northern_ireland= County Down

Kinallen (derived from Irish Gaelic: "Ceann Álainn " meaning 'beautiful head or hill') is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland, sitting four miles from Dromore and only two miles from Dromara. It lies in the north-eastern corner of the Banbridge District Council area. The village surrounds a crossroads, where the Banbridge-Dromara and Lisburn-Katesbridge roads meet. There is little in the way of amenities, with one sole shop and filling station.In recent years, the village has seen substantial development, from only 300 residents in 1991 to 557 residents in 2001. This is due to attractive property prices in the rural zones of Belfast's commuter belt, aided by Kinallen's desirable position in the countryside and its proximity to both the A1 dual-carriageway and the M1 motorway.


*Fair Hill Primary School (formerly "Kinallen Primary School").

The local secondary school students often attend Friends' School or Wallace High in Lisburn, Banbridge Academy or Dromore High School. With the provision of a direct bus (Translink-Ulsterbus service 26), a few choose schools in Belfast, such as the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Methodist College.

Transport and Communications

The village's recent popularity as a place to live has turned the area into a dormitory settlement for both Belfast and Lisburn. Despite the growth in population, and the resulting increase in traffic, there has been little done to improve the area's infrastructure. The roads leading from the A1 Belfast-Dublin dual-carriageway are of low quality. The 'Kinallen Road' section of the route, itself unclassified, is particularly narrow in places and presents the traffic with dangerous bends and junctions.

The village is linked by Translink "Ulsterbus" bus service 26, which runs between Dromara village and the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast through Kinallen, Annahilt and Lisburn. The week-day frequency provides a bus each hour.

Kinallen's official telephone dialling code, like the rest of Northern Ireland is 028. Kinallen lies within the Dromara telephone exchange area, meaning local numbers commence with 9753xxxx. Until the 2000 Big Number Change, the village constituted part of the 01238 area code (Saintfield/Ballynahinch/Dromara). Like elsewhere in the former 01238 area (now 028 97...) is still normal to hear local numbers quoted in the old 6-digit format (53xxxx).

2001 Census

Kinallen is classified as a small village or hamlet by the [ NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)] (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people).On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 557 people living in Kinallen. Of these:
*29.5% were aged under 16 years and 7.9% were aged 60 and over
*50.6% of the population were male and 49.4% were female
*6.3% were from a Catholic background and 89.2% were from a Protestant background
*1.3% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For more details see: [ NI Neighbourhood Information Service]

See also

*List of villages in Northern Ireland
*List of towns in Northern Ireland

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