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Saintfield

Saintfield is a market town and civil parish in County Down, halfway between Belfast and Downpatrick.

Saintfield has a long association with farming, with most of Saintfield's countryside involved in the agricultural business.

Belfast city centre is around 11 miles away, although Saintfield's quality Ulsterbus service assists commuters greatly, meaning many more Belfast-based workers are continuing to live there.

The sporting tradition in Saintfield is extremely prominent - with Gaelic football, bowling, cricket, hockey, badminton and football teams. On top of this, fishing at Carrickmannon Lake is ever-popular with the residents of Saintfield. The Carrickmannon Fishery is in the heart of Saintfield and is open all year round.

Facilities at Carrickmannon include a 25-acre lake, a Fly Pond, a Bait Pond and a Children's Pond. Completed with a car park, disabled parking, toilets and picnic facilities it is the ideal location for a family day out.

Education

There is no shortage of local schools, both primary and secondary to the residents of Saintfield. Nearby, there are some of Northern Ireland's leading primary, grammar and secondary schools.

Primary Schools

  • Academy Primary School
  • St Caolan's Primary School
  • Millennium Integrated Primary School
  • St Mary's Primary School

Grammar / Secondary schools

  • Campbell College Belfast
  • Methodist College Belfast
  • Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  • Strathearn School
  • Bloomfield Collegiate
  • Down High School
  • Lagan College
  • Saintfield High School

Local Amenities

Despite being a somewhat small town, Saintfield has five well-attended churches, a tradition that has been maintained throughout the last few generations. These churches include a Church of Ireland, two Presbyterian churches, Saintfield Baptist Church and Mary, Mother of the Church Roman Catholic Church.

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