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Northern Ireland Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 3, 2023

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 Northern Ireland ranks 65th among regions, states and provinces with markers in this database. Northern Ireland is a region of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is some 9 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 1.8 million people. The region is divided into eleven districts and seven of them have entries in this database. In Northern Ireland we have discovered historical markers in 16 cities and towns lying in 100 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 201 historical markers in Northern Ireland, by our count. We have cataloged 199 historical markers and 38 war memorials—each individually presented on 226 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another two historical markers in Northern Ireland that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first marker in the database, World Wars Memorial, was added December 11, 2013. It was photographed in Moy in Mid Ulster. The last one added was submitted on November 22, 2022, and titled Brian Boroimhe (Brian Boru). It is in Armagh in County Armagh. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Northern Ireland was erected in 1843. It was this one: Cole's Monument, and one of our correspondents found it in Enniskillen in Fermanagh And Omagh on March 27, 2014.

Northern Ireland Historical Topics
55 • Industry and Commerce
48 • Settlements and Settlers
47 • Man-Made Features
47 • Patriots and Patriotism
43 • Waterways and Vessels
37 • Forts and Castles
35 • Disasters
34 • Government and Politics
29 • Arts, Letters, Music
26 • Non-US Wars
    ... and others ...

The Northern Irish don’t want to forget their Industry and Commerce history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Northern Ireland about Industry and Commerce—55 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 48 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Industry and Commerce topic was Welcome to Garvagh, added December 12, 2013. It had been erected in Garvagh in Causeway Coast and Glens. The last one submitted was submitted on June 21, 2019, and titled Newtownards Road. It had been erected in Belfast. The earliest marker erected with the Industry and Commerce topic that we have listed was erected in 1910. It is Sir Daniel Dixon Bart [Baronet], found in Belfast on May 18, 2019.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Northern Ireland? What we know is that Jane Ross and "Danny Boy" is the most viewed entry in the database from Northern Ireland since it was added in 2013. It is located in Limavady in Causeway Coast and Glens. This year so far, the most viewed the Northern Irish entry is located in Belfast. It is King William III - "King Billy's on the Wall".

Districts, Cities and Towns

The Northern Irish district with the most historical markers listed in this database is Belfast, with 119 of them. It is followed by Derry And Strabane with 67 markers. In Derry And Strabane the area with the most markers, 64, is Derry-Londonderry.

Historical Markers in These
Northern Ireland Districts
119 • Belfast
67 • Derry And Strabane
16 • Fermanagh And Omagh
14 • Causeway Coast and Glens
8 • County Armagh
1 • Mid Ulster
1 • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

Checking the database for the city or town in Northern Ireland with the most markers we again find Belfast at the top of the list with 119 markers in or near it. And Derry-Londonderry also shows up again in next place, with 64 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s BT3 9DT at the top of the list with 24 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code BT1 5GS with twelve markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Northern Ireland Cities and Towns
119 • Belfast
64 • Derry-Londonderry
7 • Bushmills
6 • Enniskillen
6 • Armagh
4 • Irvinestown
3 • Garvagh
3 • Belleek
3 • Dungannon
3 • Londonderry
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Belfast, the first marker added to the database from there, Great Victoria Street Station, was added May 13, 2019. . The last one submitted was uploaded on June 22, 2019, and is titled South Belfast Brigade Memorial. The earliest marker erected in Belfast that we have listed was erected in 1859. It was Calder Fountain on June 11, 2019.

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And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Derry-Londonderry. The first: Magazine Gate, was added December 25, 2013. The last: Mc Nutt, Phelan, and Mc Shane Memorial added on January 22, 2014. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1994: The Petrol Bomber, added on January 7, 2014.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers region-wide in Northern Ireland today. A number of districts have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are national government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Northern Ireland offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Northern Ireland, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023