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  • The History of Ballybot House
  • Tenants located within Ballybot
  • Conference Facilities



The History Of Ballybot House






Ballybot House is situated in Newry City Centre. It is Northern Ireland's first purpose built multi purpose Community Resource Centre and comprises 25,000 square feet of office, retail and conference facilities.

Owned and managed by the Confederation of Community Groups, it is the Confederation of Community Groups Headquarters and as well as this houses approximately 20 voluntary and community sector tenants who have self contained offices in Ballybot House.



Ballybot House was originally constructed as a linen mill. It was built in 1865 by Robert Dempster, to capitalise on the expanding market for linen following the American Civil war and the loss of the Confederate cotton to the world market. In 1906 Robert Kerr, the mill manager took over the mill and ran the business successfully until his death in 1921. The mill struggled on until 1927 when it eventually closed.

After World War II, the Mill was purchased by the Manchester based textile firm of Stark Brothers who operated a thriving manufacturing business from he mill until 1976 when it relocated to modern premises at Greenbank Industrial Estate Newry.

The building then came into ownership of the Haldane Family who ran a builders suppliers business from he premises until its purchase by the Confederation in 1994.


At the time of purchase by the Confederation of Community Groups, the building had fallen into considerable disrepair and plans were launched by the Confederation to sympathetically restore it to its Victorian heritage. With financial support from a wide range of Government and charitable sources, the restoration was completed in 1997 and the refurbished building was renamed Ballybot House after the District Council electoral ward within which it was relocated. The project cost in the region of 2 million to develop

Tenants Located within Ballybot House

  • Action Mental Health/ New Horizons
  • Advice N I / Debt Action
  • Alzheimers Society
  • Belong
  • Blueprint Pizza
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Cedar Foundation 
  • Community Restorative Justice
  • Early Years
  • Fold Housing Association
  • Homestart
  • Labas
  • Mencap
  • Mental Health Forum
  • Mindwise
  • MS Society
  • People First
  • Prospects
  • Senior Citizens Consortium
  • Volunteer Now


Conference Facilities

Ballybot House's conference and training suite comprises of 4000 sq feet of versatile accommodation which includes:

  • Conference Room with a capacity for up to 100 people
  • 4 Additional rooms accommodating groups up to 15 and 40 people

If you are interested in booking one of our conference and training suites then please fill out our online booking form and we will get back to you regarding availability

Additional Features

  • Data & Overhead Projectors
  • Integrated Audio-Visual system with full amplification
  • Loop System for hearing impaired
  • Excellent Disabled access
  • Car Parking
  • Catering facilities


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  Confederation of Community Groups
Ballybot House
28 Cornmarket
County Down
BT35 8BG

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