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Ulster Bar Corner is officially opened in Antrim

Jacqui Dixon MBE, Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Cllr Roisin Lynch, Alderman John Smyth, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM, Cllr Neil Kelly, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rosie Kinnear, Cllr Jeannie Archibald-Brown, Alderman Paul Michael BEM, Cllr Lucille O’Hagan and Andy Clement from the Department for Communities

L-R: Jacqui Dixon MBE, Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Cllr Roisin Lynch, Alderman John Smyth, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM, Cllr Neil Kelly, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rosie Kinnear, Cllr Jeannie Archibald-Brown, Alderman Paul Michael BEM, Cllr Lucille O’Hagan and Andy Clement from the Department for Communities


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Mark Cooper BEM was joined by Elected Members and Department for Communities (DfC) representative as he officially opened Ulster Bar Corner earlier today.


The transformation of Ulster Bar Corner, an area of wasteland that has lay vacant for many years, is part of a larger redevelopment programme for Antrim Town.



The scheme also includes the repurposing of the first floor of the former Wellworths building into a state of the art workspace hub, along with the riverfront regeneration, breathing new life into Antrim Town and connecting the town centre with the award-winning Antrim Castle Gardens.


Marking Ulster Bar Corner ‘Officially Open’,Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM is joined by Andy Clement, Department for Communities and Jacqui Dixon MBE, Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Marking Ulster Bar Corner ‘Officially Open’,Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM is joined by Andy Clement, Department for Communities and Jacqui Dixon MBE, Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has taken temporary ownership of the derelict site on High Street and transformed it into a beautifully landscaped recreational space. 


This regeneration project, co-funded by the Department for Communities (DfC), will provide year-round enjoyment for local residents, businesses and visitors to the town.



Whilst the Council has plans to animate the space, including pop-up markets, pop-up cinemas and seasonal activity this beautiful landscaped green open space is a multipurpose area available to community groups, churches, schools, youth groups and the wider community, to enhance their own services and provision.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rosie Kinnear and her two young sons Dáire and Éanna enjoying the opening event

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rosie Kinnear and her two young sons Dáire and Éanna enjoying the opening event


Commenting at the event the Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM, said:


“Ulster Bar Corner is now a place that residents and the whole community of Antrim can fully enjoy. The transformation of what was an eyesore for many years has totally transformed the High Street and will complement the ongoing regeneration works currently taking place which will attract more visitors and businesses to Antrim Town.”


Livvie and Carson from Antrim enjoying Streetwise Performance entertainers at the official opening

Livvie and Carson from Antrim enjoying Streetwise Performance entertainers at the official opening


A spokesperson for the Department of Communities added:


“Ulster Bar Corner is a prominent site in the centre of Antrim that has sat derelict for some time.  I welcome this collaborative initiative to create a meanwhile use for the community while we continue to work closely with our colleagues in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and other stakeholders to determine the long-term future of the site.”



Groups wishing to use the space as an extension of their day-to-day activity through group outings, reading groups, rhythm and rhyme etc. are not required to book.


Any group wishing to host a larger event will be required to complete a booking form with the Council by emailing:



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