Tullycarnet

Today’s townland is Tullycarnet.  According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Tullycarnet comes from the Irish Tulaigh Charnáin meaning “hillock of the little cairn”.  Within living memory, this was an area of farmland between Belfast and Dundonald, but it is now entirely built up with houses, shops, churches, a primary school, community centre and library.  One of the few remaining green spaces is Tullycarnet Park.

Tullycarnet Park daffodilsThe best kept secret in Tullycarnet is the Comber Greenway, which is not visible from the main road (King’s Road), but which is easily accessible from Abbey Road or Upperlands Walk.  I’ve already walked through six townlands on the Greenway for this blog, and in my last post I had reached Ballybeen.  Townlands seven and eight are Church Quarter and Ballymiscaw; townland nine is Tullycarnet.

Share the Path 99We are now well and truly into an urban setting, but the Greenway remains peaceful.  The loudest noise comes from the sparrows.

greenway sparrow (1)When I walked there in March 2015, pollen was showing on the young furry catkins of the pussy willow.

pussy willowFor a path that follows the embankments and cuttings of an old railway line, the Greenway is surprisingly wavy.

long & winding roadSo Tullycarnet offers a choice of exercise spots.  You’ll enjoy the Greenway, if you feel that you’re too old for the playground.

Tullycarnet Playground

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