Rasharkin (County Antrim)
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Rasharkin is a civil parish on Antrim with a population of 7,481. According to the census of 2001 there were 864 inhabitants.
There is a large quantity of waste mountain land and the remainder is of light soil but is excellent for flax, potatoes and oats. Agriculture is carried out in some parts and is very good. There are two bleach-greens in which about 84,000 pieces are bleached annually principally for the English market. At Killymurris coal is mined extensively and there are of basalt for building of roads. A cattle fair is held annually in the village and the chief constabulary police station is here. There are two schools where about 130 boys and 120 girls are educated. There are 13 private schools where 418 boys and 160 girls attend.
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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