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St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band - Borough Of Ards Championships 2014 - MSR
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Craig Rogers
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Cullybackey Pipe Band - Borough Of Ards Championships 2014 - MSR
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Craig Rogers
Ravara Pipe Band - Borough Of Ards Championships 2014 - MSR
Ravara Pipe Band - Borough Of Ards Championships 2014 - MSR
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Craig Rogers
Ards Veterans Day 2013
Ards Veterans Day 2013
Published: 2013/09/23
Channel: ballyalloly
Decision Time for Ards and North Down
Decision Time for Ards and North Down
Published: 2016/01/24
Channel: Bangor Northern Ireland
MINUTEPAD - A USER
MINUTEPAD - A USER'S PERSPECTIVE
Published: 2014/10/23
Channel: Paperless Meetings in Minutes with MinutePad
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20140919 163024
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Ards Borough Council
Ards Crafts
Ards Crafts
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: Craft Northern Ireland
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St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
AGE north down & ards PCSP Fear of Crime Events
AGE north down & ards PCSP Fear of Crime Events
Published: 2016/12/13
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Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland - Ards & North Down Championships 2017 - MSR
Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland - Ards & North Down Championships 2017 - MSR
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: Craig Rogers
Discover Ulster-Scots in the Ards and North Down
Discover Ulster-Scots in the Ards and North Down
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: VisitStrangfordLough
Discover Ulster-Scots in the Ards and North Down
Discover Ulster-Scots in the Ards and North Down
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: VisitStrangfordLough
Londonderry Park Demolition   July 2014
Londonderry Park Demolition July 2014
Published: 2014/07/17
Channel: Ards Borough Council
Donaghadee Harbour
Donaghadee Harbour
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: Bangor Northern Ireland
Bangor
Bangor's new £75 million Waterfront Development at Queens Parade
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: Bangor Northern Ireland
Ards and North Down Big Conversation
Ards and North Down Big Conversation
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Field Marshal Montgomery Drum Corp - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley Practice
Field Marshal Montgomery Drum Corp - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley Practice
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
Bleary & District Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley
Bleary & District Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - Medley
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
Places to see in ( Newtownards - UK )
Places to see in ( Newtownards - UK )
Published: 2017/08/02
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Exploris the northern ireland aquarium Portaferry
Exploris the northern ireland aquarium Portaferry
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: redsupratwinturbo
Aughintober Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
Aughintober Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
Ards Adventure Arena
Ards Adventure Arena
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Closkelt Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
Closkelt Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
BYM Shield Winners 2013
BYM Shield Winners 2013
Published: 2013/04/20
Channel: TheSlosty
North Down & Ards Unionist Centenary Parade 22/09/2012
North Down & Ards Unionist Centenary Parade 22/09/2012
Published: 2012/09/22
Channel: On the March Videos
The Set - Ards & North Down Championships 2016
The Set - Ards & North Down Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Gilnahirk Pipe Band
Comber   Social Media
Comber Social Media
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Blue Bin Burp
Blue Bin Burp
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Newtownards Parade
Newtownards Parade
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Jonathan Campbell
Angelvale Consortium vision for Queen’s Parade, Bangor
Angelvale Consortium vision for Queen’s Parade, Bangor
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Augharan Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Augharan Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
PSNI Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
PSNI Pipe Band - Ards & North Down Championships 2016 - MSR
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Craig Rogers
Scrabo Golf Club
Scrabo Golf Club
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: Geoff Johnston
Pipe Band Contest Apple Devices HD Best Quality
Pipe Band Contest Apple Devices HD Best Quality
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Gordon Rain
The Big Plan
The Big Plan
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Recyclables
Recyclables
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Tullylagan Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Tullylagan Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
Bangor 2016 - Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipe Band - MSR
Bangor 2016 - Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipe Band - MSR
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: MrUlsterscot
Colmcille Pipe Band medley Ards & North Down  2016
Colmcille Pipe Band medley Ards & North Down 2016
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: Colleen Butler
Aughintober Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Aughintober Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
St. Laurence O
St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
Syerla & District Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Syerla & District Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
Field Marshal Montgomory Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Field Marshal Montgomory Pipe Band @ Ards & North Down Pipe Band Championships 2016
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Loyal Star 98
Scrabo Golf Course hole 10
Scrabo Golf Course hole 10
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: Geoff Johnston
Enterprise Challenge Winners 2017
Enterprise Challenge Winners 2017
Published: 2017/10/04
Channel: SERC
The Big Plan   Outcome 1
The Big Plan Outcome 1
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Bangor Swifts U16
Bangor Swifts U16's - A.B.Y.D Cup Champions 2006/07 - Trophy
Published: 2007/01/03
Channel: Swifts4
IMG 0618
IMG 0618
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: Ards and North Down Borough Council
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Coordinates: 54°31′16″N 5°44′49″W / 54.521°N 5.747°W / 54.521; -5.747

Ards Borough
Ards in Northern Ireland.svg
Area 376 km2 (145 sq mi) 
Ranked 20th of 26
District HQ Newtownards
Catholic 12.7%
Protestant 76.9%
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Councillors
Website www.ards-council.gov.uk
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Ards (named after the Ards Peninsula) was a local government district in Northern Ireland with the status of borough. It was one of twenty-six districts formed on 1 October 1973, and had its headquarters in Newtownards. It was merged with neighbouring North Down on May 1, 2015 to form the new Borough of Ards and North Down Other towns in the defunct Borough include Portaferry, Comber, and Donaghadee, and the population of the area was 78,078 according to the 2011 census.

Strangford Lough is at the heart of the area, and is the largest inlet in Ireland with internationally renowned wildlife. The Irish Sea coast stretches from Donaghadee to Portaferry. Mount Stewart, a National Trust property on the shore of Strangford Lough is in the area, as well as Northern Ireland’s only aquarium, Exploris, in Portaferry and Grace Neill's pub in Donaghadee.

Borough council[edit]

The borough was governed by Ards Borough Council (Ulster-Scots: Burgh Cooncil o' the Airds, Newton an' Blathewick). The borough was divided into four district electoral areas: Newtownards, Ards West, Ards East and Ards Peninsula, from which 23 members are elected. As of February 2011 the following parties were represented on the council: 11 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 6 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 4 Alliance Party, and 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and there are one Independent councillors.[1] The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.[2] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and district council elections took place in 2011[3]

Mayor of Ards[edit]

On creation in 1973 Ards District Council adopted the charter of incorporation of the municipal borough of Newtownards, to become Ards Borough Council. The charter also granted the chairman of the council the title "Mayor of Ards".[4]

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1973 - 75 John Algie UUP D. Hamilton UUP
1975 - 77 Henry Cosbey UUP J. B. Caughey Independent
1977 - 79 John Scott UUP Hamilton McKeag UUP
1979 - 81 Hamilton McKeag UUP Robert Gaw NI Labour
1981 - 83 Robert Gaw NI Labour Jim McBriar Alliance
1983 - 84 Jim McBriar Alliance Oliver Johnston DUP
1984 - 85 Oliver Johnston DUP Gladys McIntyre Ulster Popular Unionist
1985 - 86 Gladys McIntyre Ulster Popular Unionist Robert Ambrose UUP
1986 - 87 Robert Ambrose UUP Simpson Gibson DUP
1987 - 88 Simpson Gibson DUP Tom Benson UUP
1988 - 89 Tom Benson UUP John Hamilton DUP
1989–1990 John Hamilton DUP Robert Gibson UUP
1990 - 91 Robert Gibson UUP Jim Shannon DUP
1991 - 92 Jim Shannon DUP David Smyth UUP
1992 - 93 David Smyth UUP Wilbert Magill DUP
1993 - 94 Wilbert Magill DUP John Shields UUP
1994 - 95 John Shields UUP St Clair McAlister DUP
1995 - 96 St Clair McAlister DUP Robert Gibson UUP
June - December 1996 Robert Gibson UUP Ronnie Ferguson UUP
January - June 1998 Ronnie Ferguson UUP George Ennis DUP
June 1998 - June 1999 George Ennis DUP Alan McDowell Alliance
1999–2000 Alan McDowell Alliance Tom Hamilton UUP
2000 - 01 Tom Hamilton UUP Margaret Craig DUP
2001 - 02 Margaret Craig DUP Jeff Magill UUP
2002 - 03 Jeff Magill UUP Jim McBriar Alliance
2003 - 04 Jim McBriar Alliance Hamilton Gregory DUP
2004 - 05 Hamilton Gregory DUP Angus Carson UUP
2005 - 06 Terry Williams DUP Angus Carson UUP
2006 - 07 Angus Carson UUP Robin Drysdale DUP
2007 - 08 Robin Drysdale DUP Jim Fletcher UUP
2008 - 09 Jim Fletcher UUP William Montgomery DUP
2009 - 10 William Montgomery DUP David Smyth UUP
2010 - 11[1] David Smyth UUP Mervyn Oswald DUP
2011 - 12 Mervyn Oswald DUP Hamilton Gregory DUP
2012 - 2013 Hamilton Gregory DUP Stephen McIlveen DUP

2013 Stephen McIlveen Democratic Unionist Party

Source: Freedom of Information request to Ards Borough Council

Parliamentary and assembly representation[edit]

In elections for the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly most of the borough is included in the Strangford constituency, with part (Donaghadee North, Donaghadee South and Millisle) in the North Down constituency.[5]

Town twinning[edit]

The borough of Ards has a sister city (twinning) relationship with the city of Peoria, Arizona, USA. As a result of this relationship, regular exchange visits are made between the two communities by artists, educators, business, political, and community leaders.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Councillors". Ards Borough Council. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  3. ^ "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. ^ the Charter of the Corporation of the Borough of Newtownards shall have effect in relation to the District of Ards... the name in the Charter shall be changed to Ards Borough Council."No. 2917". The Belfast Gazette. 24 August 1973. p. 529. 
  5. ^ Statutory Instrument 2008 No. 1486 (section Schedule) The Parliamentary Constituencies (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (Coming into force 25 June 2008)

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