Infobox UK place
irish_name= Ceann Álainn
map_type= Northern Ireland
belfast_distance= 20 miles
population= 557 (
unitary_northern_ireland= Banbridge District
country= Northern Ireland
dial_code= 028, +44 28
constituency_westminster= Lagan Valley
Kinallen (derived from Irish Gaelic: "Ceann Álainn " meaning 'beautiful head or hill') is a small
villagein 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 Councilarea. 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 1991to 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 Academyor Dromore High School. With the provision of a direct bus (Translink- Ulsterbusservice 26), a few choose schools in Belfast, such as the Royal Belfast Academical Institutionand 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
Belfastand 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- Dublindual-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 Dromaravillage and the Europa Bus Centre in Belfastthrough Kinallen, Annahiltand Lisburn. The week-day frequency provides a bus each hour.
Kinallen's official telephone dialling code, like the rest of
Northern Irelandis 028. Kinallen lies within the Dromaratelephone 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).
Kinallen is classified as a small village or hamlet by the [http://www.nisra.gov.uk/ 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: [http://www.ninis.nisra.gov.uk/ NI Neighbourhood Information Service]
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