Greater Shantallow is the commonly used name for the northern part of Derry city, incorporating the area north of Buncrana Road and bounded by the River Foyle to the east and the Donegal border to the north and west.

Greater Shantallow today houses 7 of the new Derry City & Strabane District Council wards – 6 within the Ballyarnett District Electoral Area (Carnhill, Culmore, Galliagh, Shantallow, Shantallow East, Skeoge) and much of the Madam’s Bank Ward (Foyleside DEA) – it is home to approximately 30,000 of Derry’s citizens. 

The Greater Shantallow area developed significantly in the late 1960s and 1970s as a result of chronic overcrowding and housing shortage in the city.  Prior to that the area had been rural in nature, with a distinct and defined populous, including much of the city’s landed gentry and large houses / estates.

The population and housing explosion from the late 1960s onwards has changed the demographic, social and economic characteristics of the area dramatically.

A significant portion of Greater Shantallow would be considered disadvantaged in relative terms – designated by the NI Executive as a Neighbourhood Renewal Area (Outer North).  It is characterised by a number of inherent problems – its higher than average rates of unemployment / economic inactivity, physical and mental ill health, lower levels of educational attainment / qualifications, skills deficits, higher rates of crime, drug / alcohol abuse, youth disillusionment and problems with quality and maintenance of the environment. are well documented, particularly for the electoral wards of Shantallow, Shantallow East, Galliagh, Skeoge & Carnhill (consistently ranking within the 10% most deprived in NI). The area is also impoverished in terms of employment opportunities, income levels, lack of inward investment & fragmentation of services. 

Key Stats :-

  • Population of 26,768 for the 6 electoral wards (old boundaries) making up Greater Shantallow (NISRA Mid-Year Estimate for 2015) – 15,975 living within designated Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal Area, 6th largest (of 36) NR area within NI. 9,136 households (2014) – approx. 30% of all households within the city.
  • Youthful demographic :- under 16yrs population is 27.65% compared to NI figure of 20.95% (Census 2011) – evident in a high % households with dependent children – 17 local schools
  • Child Poverty levels are extremely high with 57% of children aged 0-15 years in Shantallow East, 54% in Shantallow West and 45% in Carnhill living in poverty compared to 35% across the Council area
  • 20% of households with dependent children in Shantallow East, 19% of households in Shantallow West and 17% of households in Culmore and Carnhill have one or more people with a long term health problem or disability compared to 12% across the Council area
  • 10 of the 16 SOA’s in the Greater Shantallow Area are above the Council average (29.12) for people aged 16+ years old with no qualifications. 5 SOA’s in the GSA have over 40% of adults over the age of 16 years old who have no qualification
  • The Department of Education’s Key Stage Two Literacy and Numeracy targets by 2014/15 were that 86% of children reach Key Stage II Level 4 Maths and English before leaving Year 7. Greater Shantallow is currently underperforming against this target in both Maths and English.
  • Health indicators demonstrate [unhealthy] lifestyles characterised by: a) higher than average levels of smoking, b) drug & alcohol abuse (inc. underage drinking), c) respiratory & circulatory disease d) poor oral health, e) high levels of obesity / poor dietary habits, f) mental health problems, g) self-harm & suicide, h) a need to enhance health related skills / capacity to address health inequalities.


With Specific Reference to Outer North NRA (a key component of Greater Shantallow)

  • The proportion of people dying prematurely (<75) in the Outer North NRA remains significantly higher (59.4%) compared to 33.4% in non-NRAs and 43.9% in the Derry & Strabane LGD in 2013. Outer North NRA is ranked worst of 36 NRAs in NI for premature deaths (under 75).
  • Poverty / Income Deprivation remains a key issue - the relationship between poverty and ill health is well documented. The Income Deprivation score for Outer North NRA is 0.56 (therefore 56% of households) - this is significantly higher than the rate for non-NRAs (25%).  There are huge social problems being generated by the economic crisis and ultimately by Government’s response to it - Welfare Reform.  Debt problems for many people have become acute leading to high levels of stress & anxiety.
  • Crime levels in Outer North have increased by a third since 2003 with the gap to non-NRAs increasing as a result. This pattern can also be observed in the anti-social behaviour indicator where Outer North NRA has gone from having less incidents per 1,000 population in 2006 to having almost double the number of incidents per 1,000 population compared to non-NRAs. (NR Measurement of Outcomes Report 2015) – this may also be explained through increased reporting to PSNI.



Derived from NISRA:Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures 2017 DC&SDC Area NIMDM_2017_Derry_City__Strabane_District_Council_Area.xlsx

Derived from NISRA:Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures 2017 IDAC & IDAP DC&SDC Area IDAC__IDAP_DCSDC_Area.xlsx

Derived from NISRA:Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures 2017 Greater Shantallow Area NIMDM_2017_Greater_Shantallow_Area.xlsx

Derived from NISRA:Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures 2017 IDAC & IDAP Greater Shantallow Area IDAC__IDAP_Greater_Shantallow_Area.xlsx