Local government reorganisation in 1973 brought
fundamental changes and one of the most important of these was the
new role that was given to local authorities in relation to the
provision of recreation facilities. Lisburn Borough Council is thus
charged with a responsibility to provide adequate facilities for
recreational, social, physical and cultural activities in the
Borough and to pro-vide tourist amenities, entertainments and other
PARKS AND SPORTS FACILITIES
The Borough Council provides parks and sports facilities in
Lisburn, Dunmurry, Moira and Hillsborough.
At LISBURN, the Recreation Centre at Warren
Park includes parkland, out-door facilities and changing rooms.
These outdoor facilities include children's play areas; a pitch and
putt course; putting green; three football pitches; a rugby pitch;
two hard porous pitches (one with floodlights); a running track; a
bowling green and tennis courts-all served with adequate car
parking. There are plans, too, to build an indoor recreation centre
on the same site, a building that will provide facilities for many
sports as well as for community and arts activities.
the centre of the town at Market Place, is the indoor swimming pool
which is one of the busiest in Northern Ireland. It is close to bus
and rail stations, has its own car park and caters for galas and
other events as well as for general swimming. Details from the
manager - Tel: Lisburn 2306.
Just outside MOIRA are the 44 acres of Moira Demesne
which have been developed and provide picnic areas, children's play
areas, a transit caravan and camping site and, of course, car
Duncan's Park and the land around it has been
developed for recreation purposes with paths through the woodlands
and with a children's play area. Here, too, a car park is provided.
At GLENMORE, HILDEN a site alongside the River Lagan has been
developed from former industrial premises. This centre includes a
large hall, committee rooms, coffee bar, changing rooms, a
children's play area, two football pitches and two squash courts.
Community Activity Centres are currently being built at
TWINBROOK, KNOCKMORE and SEYMOUR HILL and these centres
will provide opportunities for sport, social and cultural
A wide range of sports clubs is found in the Borough and an
important role is played by the LISBURN SPORTS ADVISORY
COUNCIL. It was active in the former Borough and then in 1975 it
adopted a new constitution which ensures that it provides a service
to the enlarged Borough of today. It advises the Borough Council on
the collective opinions of local sports interests on such matters as
the improvement of existing sports facilities and the provision of
new ones. It encourages participation in sports and physical
recreation and makes sure that the public is aware of the sports
opportunities in the area. Full details of the Council and its work
can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary at The Borough Offices,
The Square, Hillsborough (Tel: 682477).
A Directory of Sport is issued by the Council and it
gives details of clubs with the following sports: -
Aero-model flying; angling; archery; Association football;
athletics; badminton; basketball; billiards; bowling (outdoors and
indoors); boxing; camogie; canoeing; clay pigeon shooting; cricket;
cycling; darts; gaelic football; golf; hockey; hurling; karate;
keep-fit; life saving; motorsport; netball; orienteering;
pigeonracing; riding and showjumping; rugby football; snooker;
squash; sub-aqua; swimming; tennis; table tennis; taekwondo; water
As well as these sports there are TWO PRIVATE GOLF
CLUBS in the Borough. These are the Dunmurry Golf Club with an 18
hole parkland course at Upper Dunmurry Lane, Dunmurry and the
Lisburn Golf Club with an 18 hole parkland course at Hillsborough
Road. A public nine hole course is under construction at Aberdelghy
Close to the village of Maze is the DOWN ROYAL RACECOURSE, the
oldest in Ireland and the venue, every July, for the Ulster Harp
Part of the Dundrod motor-cycle circuit is within
Co-operating with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Lisburn
Borough Council holds dramatic and orchestral concerts, art
exhibitions and other cultural events.
The Lisburn Arts Advisory Council was formed in 1975
to promote arts and cultural services working in conjunction with
both the Borough Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Members are drawn from the Borough Council, local organisations and
the general public and cultural activities promoted include drama,
music, the visual arts and photography. Many events are presented
each year and the Council aims to widen its scope in the future.
Full details of the Council and its work can be obtained from the
Honorary Secretary at the Borough Offices, The Square, Hillsborough
MUSEUM OF LOCAL ANTIQUITIES
The Lisburn Borough Council will open during 1981, a local museum in
the Assembly Rooms at Lisburn's Market Square. This project is one
in which the Borough Council and the Lisburn Historical Society have
The Borough's many tourist assets include its attractive villages;
historic buildings and monuments, beautiful scenery, excellent
hotels and country farm-houses.
A major tourist attraction is Lough Neagh whose 65
miles of shoreline is well wooded and has small hidden harbours and
sandy beaches. At Moira, close to the Lough, is the Borough
Council's transit caravan and camping site.
Much of the Lagan Valley Regional Park lies within
the Borough and it has within its 4,140 acres, much to interest the
tourist. The Park extends from the first lock at Stranmillis as far
as the Union Locks at Sprucefield.
Tourist information - including a guide to the Lagan
Valley, a folder on Lough Neagh and details of Moira's camping and
caravan site and accommodation in the Borough can be obtained from
the Borough Offices at The Square, Hillsborough. (Tel: 682477).
The Borough Council has two community centres in Lisburn. The West
Lisburn Community Centre is widely used for social and recreational
activities whilst the Bridge Community Centre at Railway Street was
acquired in 1979 and provides further much needed facilities.
The Council has also, since 1973, provided services
to local community associations in the form of grants to help with
running costs of community or resource centres or to help community
associations with their administrative expenses.
In 1975 the Central Committee of Lisburn Borough
Community and Tenants' Associations was formed to promote the
welfare and benefits of community associations; to establish liaison
with statutory and voluntary bodies and represent their views to the
Council; to inform these bodies of all Council decisions and to
maintain and improve community services. Full details from the
Committee's Honorary Secretary at The Resource Centre, Town Hall,
Castle Street, Lisburn.