The May Fair remains and has become part of a week of festivities. The people of Ballyclare and the surrounding villages played a part in the Rising of 1798 and fought in the Battle of Antrim. Others including the families of Mark Twain and Sam Houston sailed to America to seek their fortunes. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century Ballyclare was a growing industrial town with an Urban Council and became the largest paper producer in Ireland. It had a narrow gauge rail link to Larne and a broad gauge connection to Belfast. In 1973 with the surrounding villages Ballyclare became part of the of a larger district which in 1977 was created the Borough of Newtownabbey.
Fishing in Co. Antrim
The game fishing season is from 1st March to 31st October with the best fishing from April. A choice of rivers include The Maine, The Crumlin, The Kells, The Braid, & my personal favourite The Sixmilewater, all hold excellent stocks of wild brown trout.
Salmon and Dollaghan (The famous Lough Neagh migratory trout) enter rivers from July providing excellent sport until the end of the season. There are also many coastal streams with salmon and sea trout runs.