Carrowdore (in Irish: "Ceathrú Dobhair", ie water quarter) is a small
villagein County Down, Northern Ireland, on the Ards Peninsula. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 816 people. It is within the Ards Borough Councilarea.
Louis MacNeice, the poet, is buried at the Church of Irelandchurch, Carrowdore. He died on 4 September 1963, in Londonand is buried beside his mother (who died of TB when he was a child) and his grandfather.
Carrowdore was once renowned for, the now extinct, Carrowdore 100 motorcycle Road Race which was started in 1927. It consisted of a 5½ mile road circuit which started on the
Greyabbeyto MillisleRoad and continued down the coast road. After World War II, the Tourist Trophy race moved to Dundrod, but after a couple of years the race moved back to Carrowdore, with the start in the village and the course running to just outside Greyabbey and back to Carrowdore. The last race to be held at Carrowdore was in 2000, but it unfortunately resulted in the death of popular Tandragee rider Eddie Sinton.
Carrowdore is classified as a Small Village by the [http://www.nisra.gov.uk/ NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)] (ie with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (
29 April 2001) there were 816 people living in Carrowdore. Of these:
*24.3% were aged under 16 years and 15.3% were aged 60 and over
*48.9% of the population were male and 51.1% were female
*2.1% were from a
Catholicbackground and 93.0% were from a Protestant background
*3.6% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed
For more details see: [http://www.ninis.nisra.gov.uk/ NI Neighbourhood Information Service]
*Carrowdore has the widest Main Street in the United Kingdom.
* [http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/macneice.htm Poets' Graves]
* [http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/town_Home.aspx?co=7&to=131&ca=0&sca=0&navID=1 Culture Northern Ireland
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