I’m on a roll with “ring” townlands.  After Ringcreevy and Ringdufferin, I’ve moved on to Ringhaddy.  These are all located on the edge of Strangford Lough, and the “Ring” in their names has come from the Irish word Rinn meaning “promontory”.

Ringhaddy Road signRinghaddy is a peninsula pushing out into the western side of the lough, north of Ballymacarron and Ringdufferin.

Ringhaddy seaweed bayAccording to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Ringhaddy comes from the Irish Rinn an Chadaigh meaning “point of the covenant”.  Ringhaddy was once a strategic site with two castles, so the name probably refers to some now-forgotten struggle about possession of the townland.  It is now a popular site for sailing and scuba diving.

Ringhaddy Cruising ClubI like the description of Ringhaddy on the Cruising Club website-

“Ringhaddy Sound provides a naturally-occurring, deep-water anchorage that is well sheltered by some of the many islands that festoon the Lough. Ringhaddy Sound is easily spotted in the distance by the forest of masts.”

Ringhaddy yachtsOn my visit to Ringhaddy I talked to some people who were suiting up, ready to dive the wreck of the Alastor.   My camera and I remained on shore, content to stay dry and rest beside these small boats.

Ringhaddy boats upturned



Which other townlands border Ringhaddy?   Only Islandbane; the rest of the peninsula is surrounded by water.

Which civil parish is Ringhaddy?  Killinchy

Which council area is Ringhaddy in?   Newry Mourne and Down District Council

Which county is Ringhaddy in?  County Down


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