There are two townlands in Northern Ireland called Ballyoran.  Today’s blogpost comes from the one in County Down, on the eastern edge of Belfast at Dundonald.

Ballyoran 2013According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Ballyoran comes from the Irish Baile Fhuaráin meaning “townland of the well or spring”.

Ballyoran’s farmland is good for growing potatoes.

Ballyoran potatoes

Since that photo was taken in 2010, houses have been built on the area of cleared earth in the top right-hand corner.  The next picture shows the new homes and the 2014 potato harvest.

Ballyoran tractors

Despite the increased number of human inhabitants, Ballyoran still has room for wild pheasants.

hen pheasant

It was hard to find signs for Ballyoran.  Local children once attended Ballyoran Primary School, but in 1985 that school merged with another to form Brooklands Primary School. I had to stray over the boundary with Carrowreagh townland to snap a street and community centre.

Ballyoran Lane

Ballybeen Community Centre

Finally, I must show you my personal connection to the townland.  This photo shows part of the census form completed by my family in 1911.   The “head of family” was my paternal great-grandfather, Robert Cooper.

census 1911 back page

Today the head of the family is, of course, Bono the cat.

cat on birdhouse


Click here for a link to a 19th century map of Ballyoran on the website of Ordnance Survey Ireland.

Which townlands border Ballyoran?  To the north and west, Carrowreagh.  To the east, Greengraves.  To the south, Ballylisbredan.

Which civil parish is Ballyoran in?  Dundonald

Which council area is Ballyoran in?  Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Which county is Ballyoran in?  County Down

And finally, click here to read about the townland’s name on my usual source – PLACENAMESNI.ORG.



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