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Town and district (pop., 2001: 79,995), eastern Northern Ireland, established in 1973. The town was formed in 1958 from seven villages and is a residential continuation of Belfast. It is surrounded by modern industrial complexes that manufacture tires, telephones, and textiles. The district's light agricultural activity is centred around the administrative seat of Ballyclare.
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