My interest in townlands started right here, with this road sign in Ballymaglaff.
The sign appeared in 2014. Two things were new: directions to new houses, and the townland name in red. We locals were intrigued – as you can see from the next photo.
I was intrigued enough to start a blog. I soon discovered the PLACENAMESNI website and learned that “Ballymaglaff” is derived from the Irish Baile Mhig Laithimh, meaning “McGlave’s townland”.
Then, as you may have seen in recent posts, I went walking on the Comber Greenway. Starting from from Comber, Ballymaglaff is the fifth townland on the Greenway. At the Billy Neill football pitches, you leave Ballyrussell and enter Ballymaglaff, with the Enler River forming the boundary with Ballylisbredan.
At first things remain peacefully rural. The young trees in the foreground of the next photo will one day be Christmas trees on sale from NI Farm Forestry.
The “Millmount Village” housing development has brought changes to the Millmount Road. The road has been widened; it now has a roundabout; and lights allow walkers and cyclists from the Greenway to cross safely.