Introduction and Index

The townland is a small geographical area. It is used across the island of Ireland, in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  In October 2014 I began building a collection of photographs to celebrate the townland.

ballyhemlin-shore-road-sign
I started close to home, in the townlands near my family’s farm in Ballyoran, then spent some time exploring the Ards Peninsula and other areas of County Down.

Milliin Bay grass

Each post contains links to the excellent online resources of PLACENAMESNI.ORG, which will give you much more information on old placenames.

Moneydarragh School

Here is an INDEX of all the townlands covered so far.  Click on the name to go straight to my page about that townland.  Or skip straight to this month’s new posts: Ballynafoy

TOWNLANDS A-Z

Aird  Ardglass Balloo (Killinchy Parish)   Ballyaltikilligan  Ballyalton    Ballybeen     Ballycloghan   Ballycopeland    Ballycullen     Ballycultra  Ballydorn   Ballydrain   Ballyfounder   Ballyfrenis     Ballygeegan    Ballygrot   Ballyhackamore   Ballyhalbert   Ballyhanwood    Ballyhaskin  Ballyhemlin   Ballyhenry (Major and Minor)   Ballyholme  Ballykeel   Ballykillare   Ballyleidy   Ballylenaghan   Ballylisbredan    Ballyloughan    Ballymacarrett      Ballymacarrett Intake      Ballymacarron     Ballymacormick   Ballymacruise     Ballymaglaff   Ballymarter    Ballymartin    Ballymenagh    Ballymorran     Ballyministragh   Ballynafoy   Ballynavally    Ballynester   Ballynichol (near Comber)    Ballynichol (near Portaferry)   Ballyoran   Ballyphilip   Ballyquintin   Ballyrainey   Ballyreagh   Ballyregan  Ballyrickard   Ballyrogan    Ballyrolly   Ballyrussell    Ballystockart     Ballysallagh (Major and Minor)    Ballytrustan   Ballyvarnet   Ballyvester   Ballywalter  Ballywhiskin   Bangor Bog   Black Mountain   Braniel   Breda   Carnalea    Carrickmannan   Carrowreagh    Castleaverry  Castle Espie Castlereagh   Cherryvalley   Church Quarter   Cloghy    Commons (Newtownards)   Conlig   Corporation (Killyleagh)  Corporation (Bangor)   Craigarusky    Craigavad,   Craigboy  Craigogantlet (Craigantlet)  Creevyloughgare   Cunningburn Demesne of Down   Divis  Donaghadee   Drumaconnell    Drumfad   Dunlady    Gilnahirk   Glass Moss   Gortgrib    Grangee    Gransha     Greengraves   Gregstown  Grey Abbey   Groomsport    Holywood   Islandhill     Inch    Islandbane    Kearney   Keentagh   Killaghy   Killarn      Killinakin   Killydressy    Killynether     Kilmood & Ballybunden   Kirkland & Toy   Knock   Knockinelder   Knocknagoney   Lisbane  Lisbarnet   Lisleen Longlands   Malone Lower    Milecross    Miller Hill   Moneydorragh (Beg, More & More Upper)     Moneyrea(gh)   Mount Stewart    Mullagh   Multyhogy  Murlough (Upper and Lower)    Old Town Downing   Portavogie  Quarterland  Queen’s Island   Quoile   Raffrey Ratallagh Rathcunningham  Ringcreevy Ringdufferin   Ringhaddy  Ringneill  Roddans   Rosemount   Saintfield Parks   Scrabo   Sheepland (Beg and More)   Sydenham Intake  Tara   Templepatrick   Town Parks of Comber   Tullyboard    Tullycarnet    Tullycore   Tullynagardy    Tullynagee   Tullynakill   Tullyveery   Unicarval     Victoria Park   Whitechurch   Whitespots

OR you can use this alphabetical list of parishes.

TOWNLANDS IN THEIR PARISHES

COUNTY DOWN

Parish of Ardglass

Ardglass

parish of ardkeen

Ratallagh

parish of ballyphilip

Ballyphilip   Ballyquintin   Ballymarter   Keentagh    Knockinelder    Tara    Tullyboard

parish of ballytrustan

Ballyfounder   Ballynichol    Ballytrustan   Kearney   Killydressy

PARISH OF BALLYWALTER

Ballywalter   Whitechurch

PARISH OF BANGOR

Ballygrot    Ballyholme   Ballykillare   Ballyleidy    Ballymacormick  Ballysallagh Major and Minor   Ballyvarnet  Bangor Bog    Carnalea      Conlig    Corporation (Bangor)    Groomsport

parish of castleboy

Cloghy

PARISH OF COMBER

Ballyaltikilligan  Ballyalton    Ballyhanwood    Ballyhenry (Major and Minor)    Ballyloughan    Ballymaglaff   Ballynichol     Ballyrainey   Ballyrickard    Ballyrussell      Ballystockart  Castleaverry  Cherryvalley   Glass Moss   Gransha      Killynether    Lisleen   Longlands Moneyrea(gh)   Ringcreevy  Town Parks of Comber

PARISH OF DONAGHADEE

Ballycopeland    Ballyfrenis   Ballyhaskin   Ballymacruise    Ballyrolly    Ballyvester    Ballywhiskin   Craigboy   Donaghadee     Drumfad     Grangee    Islandhill    Killaghy     Miller Hill     Templepatrick

PARISH OF DOWN

Demesne of Down

PARISH OF DUNDONALD

Ballybeen      Ballylisbredan     Ballymiscaw     Ballyoran   Ballyregan    Carrowreagh     Church Quarter    Dunlady   Unicarval

Parish of dunsfort

Sheepland (Beg and More)

PARISH OF DRUMBO

Ballynavally

PARISH OF GREYABBEY

Ballynester   Grey Abbey   Mount Stewart   Rosemount

PARISH OF HOLYWOOD

    Ballycloghan   Ballycultra     Ballyhackamore  Ballykeel   Ballymenagh   Craigavad   Holywood   Knocknagoney

PARISH OF INCH

Inch

parish of inishargy

Roddans

PARISH OF KILKEEL

Moneydorragh (Beg, More and More Upper)

PARISH OF KILLINCHY

Balloo    Ballydorn      Ballygeegan    Ballymorran

Carrickmannan    Craigarusky  Islandbane   Killinakin    Quarterland

Raffrey     Ringhaddy       Tullycore

PARISH OF KILLYLEAGH

Ballymacarron       Corporation     Kirkland & Toy   Rathcunningham

Ringdufferin     Mullagh    Tullyveery

PARISH OF KILMEGAN

Murlough (Upper and Lower)

PARISH OF KILMOOD

Ballyministragh     Kilmood & Ballybunden

Lisbarnet     Tullynagee

PARISH OF KNOCKBREDA

   Ballylenaghan     Ballymacarrett       Ballymacarrett Intake    Ballynafoy   Braniel    Breda   Castlereagh   Gilnahirk     Gortgrib   Knock   Multyhogy   Queen’s Island      Tullycarnet     Victoria Park

PARISH OF NEWTOWNARDS

Ballycullen   Ballyreagh   Ballyrogan    Commons    Craigogantlet (Craigantlet)   Cunningburn    Greengraves   Gregstown    Killarn      Milecross      Scrabo    Tullynagardy    Whitespots

parish of St Andrews alias Ballyhalbert

Ballyhalbert  Ballyhemlin   Portavogie

Saintfield

 Creevyloughgare    Drumaconnell     Saintfield Parks

parish of saul

Quoile

PARISH OF TULLYNAKILl

Ballymartin    Castle Espie     Ballydrain

   Lisbane   Ringneill   Tullynakill

county antrim, parish of billy

Aird

county antrim, parish of shankill

Black Mountain        Divis    Malone Lower

county DERRY/LONDONDERRY, PARISH OF BALLYSCULLION

Old Town Downing   

13 comments

  1. Hi Carolyn. I love reading your posts 🙂 There’s a lovely walk you can do from Comber heading out the old Ballygowan Road which brings you in a circuit of 4-5 miles through the townlands of Carnesure, Ballynichol, Magherascouse, Drumhirk, Cattogs and back into Comber. Some beautiful scenery, a neolithic dolmen and a very steep hill called Slinty 🙂

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  2. Great to come across this site, and the first listed in your index is Ballymacarrett which is where my GGG Grandfather(Ruthven McClurg) was from

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    • It’s great to get your comment. I hope you enjoy the photos of Ballymacarrett (and the neighbouring Ballymacarrett Intake). Did your family leave the area and emigrate?

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      • Yes, his daughter married and then moved to Coatbridge I Scotland, and from there they emigrated to New Zealand and then to Australia

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    • Do you mean the townland near Cookstown in County Tyrone? It’s on the list, but it’s a long way from home, so it could take me a while.
      Anyway, it’s great to know that someone is interested in these townlands.

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      • I loved seeing pictures of familiar places in Killinchy and Raffrey. Looking forward to more in the parish of Killyleagh. I don’t remember seeing a sign for Killinchy in the Woods, but there may have been one for Ballyalgan. What a great way to preserve these old place names. Thank you.
        Nancy

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        • Thanks for the lovely comments. There will certainly be more from the parish of Killyleagh. I was in Ringdufferin yesterday, and drove through Ballygoskin and Clay, but rain showers put a stop to my photography.
          I know there is a Ballyalgan Road, but “Killinchy in the Woods” will be a challenge!

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    • Dale, First I thought you meant Drumcraw in County Tyrone, but maybe not. Are you asking about Drumcaw in County Down, recorded as Drumca in the 17th century, and now in Loughinisland Parish? If so, then it’s an easier task. I will make a detour along the Drumcaw Road next time I’m in the Castlewellan/Newcastle area. I’m always happy to have an excuse to visit Murlough Bay or the Mournes.

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  3. Love your pages, a fantastic undertaking and done so well. We visited, for the second time to Comber in 4 years, to see family and look at the Townlands our ancestors came from….We walked the Comber Greenway (halfway and back) and around most of Comber, around Ballyrush and Ballycreely. I see that they are not on your list for Townlands of Comber? There is a nice couple of old forts in Ballyrush and lovely old houses in both. The derelict Sloan house, Ballyrush, can be seen from the road. We are from Canada and New Zealand. From reading comments there is another lovely walk we can do next time from the old Ballygowan Rd…..in 3yrs time or so, God willing.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment Jo-Anne. Sorry I haven’t got to Ballyrush and Ballycreely yet. Let’s hope I manage to do them before your next trip to Comber!

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