Welcome to Ballygowan's Website

The Community Association are looking for volunteers for everything from the Fun Festival held every two years to coffee mornings for seniors.

The Association is continually looking for ways to improve Ballygowan. We are currently applying for a grant which will develop Ballygowans infrastructure improving the lives of many in the area and bringing in tourists.
If you can help in any way please contact Charlene on 028 9752 8092 or email: chairman@ballygowan.org.uk

We hope to keep you informed and entertained updating you with the local news and What's On in Ballygowan.
The site has been championed by the Community Association.
We aim to support the local community, forge links and promote the well-being of all. We invite you to explore our site.

We encourage local groups and organisations to setup a webpage on this site. We are the only community group content managed website in the Ards Borough. Our aim is to setup a network of community groups which can share information which will benefit all residents within their area.

To setup a webpage send an enquiry to HERE. We can then setup a webpage for you and login details. This will allow you to add content about your group and update when is necessary. Background and Overview We are a cross community Association which exists to address the needs of the local community, and to represent those needs in discussion with public and statutory agencies. Equip the community to represent local environmental concerns to statutory bodies. Influence the quality of the future development of the village, thus enabling the local community to take responsibility for the shaping of the village environment.

Every year we organise a variety of events including the Fun Festival and Junior football tournaments. We need more volunteers to be able to continue these events. Contributing to the development of a healthy, vibrant and supportive community through positive participation is a rewarding experience and one that gives something to both the individual and the community. We would like to thank Brae Photography for supplying some of the photos for this site who can be found by clicking on the link HERE Ards Online is a new service where you can ask us a question, make a comment, compliment or complaint or request a service and track its progress - all online.

You can also apply online for a varity of licenses, permits and authorisation, whether you're a dog owner who needs a license for your pet or a business owner who needs to register with us. We're also asking residents to sign up to receive information, news and updates on our services (for example, holiday bin collections or if our services are affected by bad weather). Stuck for something to do there's loads happening in Belfast for children and young people, whether you're looking for a day out or want something to keep you busy over the weekend. Here are links to success stories with children who have this type of cerebral palsy.

Discover the picturesque Ballygowan

Ballygowan is a small village with almost 3 thousand people living at, but with much more things to see and experience. It is placed in County Down, on the very east of the Northern Ireland and because it is quite close to Belfast, the sea and some interesting forests, there are plenty of reasons to stay there or just visit it. A few more of them are the nature and interesting old architecture, the real British feeling you can get and the opportunity to learn and see new things.

The town is quite busy because of its position, but don't worry, there is enough place and especially nature, where you can get away and just relax.

Ballygowan's history started in the early 17th century, the area was taken by a fair number of Presbyterians, that moved to the east of the Northern Ireland from the Scottish Lowlands. They were promised by King James I that there will be place for them. The exact group of people that moved to Ballygowan is not known, but it is believed, and there are a few indications, that they might be people of the great 'Neill clan of Castlereagh.

Many houses were built there and even an inn got its place in this village in Northern Ireland, during that, in the late 18th century, the people decided that it is finally time to build a bridge that will go over the River Blackwater and connect Comber, Saintfield and Killyleagh, Belfast roads. You can see this on your own, with a few friends or even some beautiful escorts from http://www.eros.com, it is up to you. The village became soon big and the farmers needed to go outside of it, on the surrounding land, and build their farms there.

During the mid - 19th century and especially the early 20th century, many people emigrated from Ballygowan, for several reasons. Some of them found work in Belfast, Comber or Saintfield and others moved to North America, where you can find many Irish people. But despite all the emigration, the village started to grow in this period because of the Belfast & County Down Railway that was built in the mid - 19th century. The railway closed 100 years later and the village became a wanted dormitory town, which is normal because of the fast growth during the railway era.

You won't be able to do much shopping in Ballygowan, nor see any amazing buildings or historical places but a few things you will be able to experience are the beautiful nature, fresh wind and time spent together with an escort from http://uk.eros.com/england/london/. Since this village in Northern Ireland is placed quite near the sea, there are all the things you can do there, except swimming, because the sea is ice cold. Still, there are many beaches where you can enjoy horseback riding, some are even with cliffs and seabirds that you can explore with your kids and fern filled woodland that just waits to be seen. So don't wait any longer, go and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Ballygowan, a village in Northern Ireland. Look after things you can do at the nearby places, because they also offer some quite cool things!

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