Macosquin (County Derry)
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Macosquin is a parish in Coleraine with 6,639 inhabitants.
It is situated 4 kilometres south west of Coleraine on the way to Limavady. There are a lot of caves and springs in the area. The first people that settled there were monastic dating back over 1400 years ago. An abbey was established there by the 12th century. A group of people known as the Merchant Taylors built a village there in the 1800s. The population of the area had decreased in number over the last 40 years since the start of the millennium. Due to immigration and lack of employment people went overseas to find a better standard of living.
In 1605 Sir Arthur Chichester was granted salmon fishery and afterwards to the Irish Society. There is an abundance of salmon fishing on the river Bann. The glebe house was built at an expense of ﾣ738. The church is a very spacious structure and was re-roofed and repaired in 1826 at a cost of ﾣ500.
In the region of 500 children are educated in several public schools, there are four private schools where about 200 children attend.
The remains of a monastery founded by St. Comgal were taken down to build a wall around the burial ground.
Following fast growth in the 1950s and 1960s the village had a peak population of over 800 in the 1970s, but this has shrunk in 2001 population of 596.
- 21.8% were aged under 16 years and 16.8% were aged 60 and over
- 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
- 0.4% were from a Catholic background and 98.3% were from a Protestant background
- 7.6% of people aged 16ﾖ74 were unemployed
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