Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head. It had a population of 6,454 people as measured by the 2011 Census, in the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart and it was the base for the Katie Hannan, a Severn class lifeboat and Ken and Mary, a D–class inshore lifeboat of the RNLI. Lifeboats have operated out of Portrush Harbour since 1860, and currently stationed there are the Severn class William Gordon Burr, Portrush is in the East Londonderry constituency for the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. A number of flint tools found during the nineteenth century show that the site of Portrush was occupied during the Larnian period. The site of Portrush, with its excellent natural defences, probably became a permanent settlement around the 12th or 13th century, a church is known to have existed on Ramore Head at this time, but no part of it now survives. From the records of the taxation of 1306, the Portrush church –. The promontory also held two castles, at varying periods, following the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in the mid-seventeenth century, Portrush became a small fishing town. The towns fortunes peaked in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It escaped any involvement in The Troubles until 6 August 1976, in a second attack in April 1987, two officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary were shot in the back by the Provisional Irish Republican Army while on foot patrol on Main Street. Portrush is classified as a Small Town by the Northern Ireland Statistics, the 2011 Census recorded that there were 6,454 people living in Portrush. 4. 97% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed, for more details see, Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service. There are two sandy beaches in the town, known as the West and East Strand. White Rocks and Curran Strand stretch on from the East Strand and are backed by dunes, the coast continues past Dunluce Castle to the Giants Causeway. A13 ft high sculpture, inspired by the sails of local traditional boats, is located at East Strand. Portrush is home to one of Northern Irelands best known nightclubs, the Kellys complex consists of a multitude of bars and clubs and is Northern Irelands largest nightclub complex. It includes the nightclub Lush. which attracts many of the worlds top DJs, Portrush is also home to Barrys Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland
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Portrush's West Strand Beach.
Image: Portrush Chapel, Ireland (VII, p.31, March 1950) Copy