Infobox UK place
official_name= Portrush
irish_name= Port Rois

static_image_caption= Sunset from the promenade.
map_type= Northern Ireland
latitude= 55.208116329606995
longitude= -6.655783653259277
belfast_distance= 60 miles
population= 6,372 (2001)
irish_grid_reference= C855409
unitary_northern_ireland= Coleraine Borough
country= Northern Ireland
post_town= PORTRUSH
postcode_area= BT
postcode_district= BT56
dial_code= 028, +44 28
constituency_westminster= East Londonderry
lieutenancy_northern_ireland= County Antrim

Portrush (derive|Irish|Port Rois|port of the promontory) is a seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest. It had a population of 6,372 people in the 2001 Census. In the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart.

It was the base for the "Katie Hannan" (this life boat was damaged in 2008, after running aground during a rescue at Rathlin Island, Now based as a training boat for the RNLI), a Severn class lifeboat and "Ken and Mary", a D–class inshore lifeboat of the RNLI. Lifeboats have operated out of Portrush Harbour since 1860.

Portrush is in the East Londonderry constituency for the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.


The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Portrush, which includes a list of incidents in Portrush during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities. [cite web|url=http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/|title=Northern Ireland Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website]


Portrush is classified as a Small Town by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) [cite web|url=http://www.nisra.gov.uk/|title=Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website] (i.e. with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 6,372 people living in Portrush. Of these:
*20.8% were aged under 16 years and 23.1% were aged 60 and over
*46.2% of the population were male and 53.8% were female
*23.6% were from a Catholic background and 70.6% were from a Protestant background.
*5.1% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service. [ [http://www.ninis.nisra.gov.uk/ Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website.] ]

Places of interest

*Attractions in the town include Portrush Countryside Centre "The coastal zone"; [cite web|url=http://www.ehsni.gov.uk/places/parks/portrush.shtml|title=The Portrush Countryside Centre website] the Dunluce Centre [cite web|url=http://www.dunlucecentre.co.uk/|title=Dunluce Centre website] and a swimming complex. Also on the edge of town are the links of the Royal Portrush Golf Club, which hosted the 1951 British Open golf championship, and Ballyreagh Golf Course. At the 1951 British Open golf championship young starlet Derek McLachlan won the hearts of the local crowd, the young man led on the third day by 3 strokes, only to drive out of bounds twice on the last day and finish tied for 8th place.
*There are two long sandy beaches in the town, known as the West and East Strand. White Rocks and Curran Strand stretch on from the East Strand and are backed by dunes. The coast continues past Dunluce Castle to the Giant's Causeway (it was once possible to travel to these attractions from Portrush on the Giant's Causeway Tramway).
*Portrush is home to one of Northern Ireland's best known nightclubs. The Kelly's complex consists of a multitude of bars and clubs and is Northern Ireland's largest nightclub complex. It includes the nightclub "Lush!" which attracts many of the world's top DJs and hosts BBC Radio 1 events.
*Portrush is also home to Barry's Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland. Actor James Nesbitt once worked in Barry's.


*Portrush hosts an annual air show. [cite web|url=http://www.niinternationalairshow.co.uk|title=Northern Ireland International Air Show website]
*The RNLI raft race is a popular annual event. This is a popular competition where contestants must build a raft that can travel from the West Strand beach into Portrush Harbour. The contest has been featured on Northern Ireland news broadcasts on several years. The event is a great credit to the RNLI's popularity in the area. [cite web|url=http://www.portrushrnli/|title=Portrush Royal National Lifeboat Institution website]
*The annual "Beach Party" attracts headline acts; the first, held in 2006 was headlined by Fatboy Slim [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4780474.stm|date=2006-03-06|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2008-06-24] . 2007 saw Basement Jaxx and The Happy Mondays. 2008 was headlined by The Chemical Brothers [cite web|url=http://www.4ni.co.uk/entertainment/reviews_126/Portrush-Beach-Party-Back-On.htm|title=Portrush Beach Party Back On|publisher=The Big List|accessdate=2008-06-24] .
* The North West 200 is a motorcycle race which runs through Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush every May, a long-running tourist attraction which has attracted crowds in excess of 150,000 in past years. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/bbc_sport/nireland/nw200/about/index.shtml BBC News] ] The late brothers Joey Dunlop and Robert Dunlop have been regular winners at the races: they hold the record for most wins, with thirteen and fifteen respectively.


* Rev. James Law, father of Canadian born Andrew Bonar Law, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, (1922-1923) was born here.
* Actor James Nesbitt, although born in Broughshane and raised in neighbouring Coleraine, has many times described his fondness of and experiences in Portrush in his youth ("The Friday Night Project"). Nesbitt was instrumental in the decision to film an episode of "Cold Feet" around Portrush and the surrounding coastline.
* Marie-Therese Emma Caraher-Gilbert, Mrs New Zealand 2006, lived in Portrush with her family from 1977 until 1990. Emma's family history in Portrush is long, dating back over 100 years. Emma was Miss Portrush in 1988.


*Portrush Hockey Club


*Portrush railway station was opened on 4 December 1855 and closed for goods traffic on 20 September 1954.cite web | title=Portrush station | work=Railscot - Irish Railways | url=http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf | accessdate=2007-08-28|format=PDF]

ee also

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


* [http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/town_Home.aspx?co=16&to=342&ca=0&sca=0&navID=1 Portrush on the "Culture Northern Ireland" website.]
*cite book|author=Deane, Ciarán|title=The Guinness Book of Irish Facts & Feats|publisher=Guinness Publishing|date=1994|isbn=0-85112-793-2

External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ni/landscapes Landscapes Unlocked] - Aerial footage from the BBC "Sky High" series explaining the physical, social and economic geography of Northern Ireland.

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