Today’s townland is Braniel, on the eastern edge of Belfast. Most of the townland is rural ground high above the city.

Blackberries in BranielThis was my view from Braniel looking towards Parliament Buildings at Stormont (Ballymiscaw townland).

Stormont from BranielThe northern part of the townland, lower down the hill, is residential, with houses forming part of the Braniel estate.

Braniel Mini SoccerRecently, the people of Braniel have made good use of one of their few pieces of flat land.

Braniel football sign

Braniel football pitchThere’s not much variety in the road names here.  Not content with an “Upper” and a “Lower” Braniel Road, this townland also claims a “Middle” road.

According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the meaning of Braniel is uncertain.  It may come from the Irish Broinngheal meaningbright fronted place”.  So this sculpture of the sun is pretty appropriate.

Braniel sun sculptureThe sculpture includes representations of local landmarks like Stormont and the Harland & Wolff cranes (Ballymacarrett Intake townland).

Braniel sun sculpture Stormont

Braniel sun sculpture cranes


Which townlands border Braniel?  Knock, Tullycarnet, Gilnahirk, Crossnacreevy, Slatady, Castlereagh and Carnamuck.

Which civil parish is Braniel in?  Knockbreda

Which council area is Braniel in?  Part of the townland is in Belfast City Council’s area; part is in Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Which county is Braniel in?  County Down

And finally, click here to see a map of Braniel and to read about the townland’s name on my usual source – PLACENAMESNI.ORG





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