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.The 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.
We are now well and truly into an urban setting, but the Greenway remains peaceful. The loudest noise comes from the sparrows.
When I walked there in March 2015, pollen was showing on the young furry catkins of the pussy willow.
For a path that follows the embankments and cuttings of an old railway line, the Greenway is surprisingly wavy.
So Tullycarnet offers a choice of exercise spots. You’ll enjoy the Greenway, if you feel that you’re too old for the playground.
Which county is Tullycarnet in? County Down
Which parish is Tullycarnet in? Knockbreda
Which townlands border Tullycarnet? To the west, Ballycloghan, Braniel and Knock. To the south, Gilnahirk and Gortgrib. To the east, Ballyhanwood and Ballymiscaw.
Click here to see gravestones related to this townland.
Click here to see a map of the townland on Townlands.IE.
And finally, click here to read more about the history of the townland name on PLACENAMESNI.org.
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