Introduction and Index

The townland is a small geographical area of land. 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: Corporation (Bangor)Islandhill,  Grangee.

TOWNLANDS A-Z

Aird  Ardglass Balloo (Killinchy Parish)   Ballyaltikilligan  Ballyalton    Ballybeen     Ballycloghan   Ballycopeland    Ballycullen       Ballycultra  Ballydorn   Ballydrain   Ballyfounder   Ballyfrenis     Ballygeegan    Ballyhackamore   Ballyhalbert   Ballyhanwood    Ballyhaskin  Ballyhemlin   Ballyhenry (Major and Minor)   Ballyholme  Ballykeel    Ballyleidy    Ballylisbredan    Ballyloughan    Ballymacarrett      Ballymacarrett Intake      Ballymacarron     Ballymacormick Ballymacruise     Ballymaglaff   Ballymarter    Ballymartin    Ballymenagh    Ballymorran     Ballyministragh    Ballynester   Ballynichol (near Comber)    Ballynichol (near Portaferry)   Ballyoran   Ballyphilip   Ballyrainey   Ballyreagh   Ballyregan  Ballyrogan    Ballyrolly   Ballyrussell    Ballystockart     Ballysallagh (Major and Minor)    Ballytrustan   Ballyvarnet   Ballyvester  Ballywhiskin   Black Mountain   Braniel       Carrickmannan   Carrowreagh    Castleaverry  Castle Espie  Church Quarter   Cloghy    Commons (Newtownards)   Conlig   Corporation (Killyleagh)  Corporation (Bangor)   Craigarusky    Craigavad,   Craigboy  Craigogantlet (Craigantlet)  Cunningburn Demesne of Down   Divis  Donaghadee   Drumfad   Dunlady    Gilnahirk   Glass Moss   Gortgrib    Grangee    Gransha     Greengraves   Gregstown  Grey Abbey   Groomsport    Holywood   Islandhill     Inch    Islandbane    Kearney   Keentagh   Killarn      Killinakin   Killydressy    Killynether     Kilmood & Ballybunden   Kirkland & Toy  Knockinelder   Knocknagoney   Lisbane  Lisbarnet   Lisleen   Milecross    Miller Hill   Moneydorragh (Beg, More & More Upper)     Moneyrea(gh)   Mount Stewart    Mullagh   Murlough (Upper and Lower) Portavogie  Quarterland  Queen’s Island   Quoile   Raffrey Ratallagh Rathcunningham  Ringcreevy Ringdufferin   Ringhaddy  Ringneill  Roddans   Rosemount    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 if you are interested in a particular parish, you can use the next list, which starts in Belfast and moves roughly south and east from there.

TOWNLANDS IN THEIR PARISHES

PARISH OF KNOCKBREDA

Ballymacarrett       Ballymacarrett Intake    Braniel     Gilnahirk     Gortgrib     Queen’s Island      Tullycarnet     Victoria Park

PARISH OF HOLYWOOD

    Ballycloghan   Ballycultra     Ballyhackamore  Ballykeel   Ballymenagh   Craigavad   Holywood   Knocknagoney

PARISH OF BANGOR

Ballyholme    Ballyleidy    Ballymacormick  Ballysallagh Major and Minor   Ballyvarnet    Conlig    Corporation (Bangor)    Groomsport

PARISH OF DONAGHADEE

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

PARISH OF NEWTOWNARDS

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

PARISH OF GREYABBEY

Ballynester   Grey Abbey   Mount Stewart   Rosemount

PARISH OF BALLYWALTER

Whitechurch

parish of inishargy

Roddans

parish of St Andrews alias Ballyhalbert

Ballyhalbert  Ballyhemlin   Portavogie

parish of ardkeen

Ratallagh

parish of castleboy

Cloghy

parish of ballyphilip

     Ballyphilip   Ballymarter   Keentagh    Knockinelder    Tara    Tullyboard

parish of ballytrustan

Ballyfounder   Ballynichol    Ballytrustan   Kearney   Killydressy

 PARISH OF DUNDONALD

Ballybeen      Ballylisbredan     Ballymiscaw     Ballyoran   Ballyregan    Carrowreagh     Church Quarter    Dunlady   Unicarval

PARISH OF COMBER

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

PARISH OF KILMOOD

Ballyministragh     Kilmood & Ballybunden

Lisbarnet     Tullynagee

PARISH OF TULLYNAKILl

Ballymartin    Castle Espie     Ballydrain

   Lisbane   Ringneill   Tullynakill

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 INCH

Inch

parish of saul

Quoile

PARISH OF DOWN

Demesne of Down

Parish of dunsfort

Sheepland (Beg and More)

Parish of Ardglass

Ardglass

PARISH OF KILMEGAN

Murlough (Upper and Lower)

PARISH OF KILKEEL

Moneydorragh (Beg, More and More Upper)

county antrim, parish of billy

Aird

county antrim, parish of shankill

Black Mountain        Divis

11 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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