Gilnahirk is a mostly rural townland on a hillside on the eastern edge of Belfast, in County Down. They have a Presbyterian church – no surprise there.
If you follow the sign in the carpark of Hillmount Garden Centre, you may be greeted by these characters.
And guess what? The goats have as good a claim as the Presbyterians to be masters of this townland. According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name “Gilnahirk” probably derives from the Irish “Éadan Ghiolla na hAdhairce” meaning “the hill brow of the horn bearer”. What kind of horn? PLACENAMESNI says that it is most likely to be a drinking horn, but could conceivably refer to a hunting horn or musical horn. I say, why not pygmy goat horns?