Carncastle (County Antrim)
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Carncastle is a small village in Antrim with a population of 2,167.
Carncastle Presbyterian Church is one of the lodest congregations in Ireland and was founded in 1646 four years aster the foundation year of the Presbytery of Carriskfergus which is the oldest presbytery in Ireland.
The soil is very fertile ad produces excellent crops. Limestone is in abundance and coal is also known to exist here in great quantities.
The Church was built in 1815 with the aid of a loan of ﾣ350. Near the church is the parochial school where 43 boys and 9 girls attend and there is a private school where 12 boys and 25 girls attend. There is the remains of an ancient manor house which was built in 1625
In 2001 it had a popultion of 66. The 1821 ﾖ 1851 census returns were almost all destroyed in a fire, the 1861 ﾖ 1891 census returns were destroyed by the government. The 1901 ﾖ 1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
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