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Larne

Larne borough
Geography
Area:
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 21st
336 km²
? %
Admin HQ: Larne
: GB-LRN
ONS code: 95F
Demographics
Population:
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 24th
30,832
92 / km²
Community: Protestant: 71.7%
Catholic: 25.2
Politics
Larne Borough Council
http://www.larne.gov.uk
MP: Roy Beggs

Larne is a town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It has been used as a seaport for over 1000 years, and is now mostly used by freight. Ferries sail to Campbeltown in Scotland. Notable buildings in the town include the ruins of sixteenth century Olderfleet Castle and The Chaine Memorial, a replica of the traditional Irish round tower and known locally as "the giant's pencil".

Both fossils and prehistoric human artefacts have been found in the sea cliffs around Larne. Edward the Bruce, brother of the Scottish King Robert the Bruce, landed in Larne with the largest military force to invade Ireland. Weapons for the UVF were landed in the town, with smaller quantities being dropped in Bangor and Donaghadee, and were stored at Drumalis, home of the Smiley family and today a convent. The town is also known as the birthplace of the author and poet Amanda M’Kittrick Ros.

Together with the neighbouring district of Carrickfergus and part of Newtownabbey, it forms the East Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.


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