Ballymena

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Ballymena

(bălēmē`nə), town (1991 pop. 28,166) and district, NE Northern Ireland, on the Braid River. Linen, woolen goods, synthetic fibers, and carpets are produced in the town. According to tradition, St. Patrick worked as a herder at Slemish Mt., 5 mi (8.1 km) from Ballymena.
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Ballymena

a district in central Northern Ireland, in Co. Antrim. Pop.: 59 516 (2003 est.). Area: 634 sq. km (247 sq. miles)
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