Today’s townland is Braniel, on the eastern edge of Belfast. Most of the townland is rural ground high above the city.
This was my view from Braniel looking towards Parliament Buildings at Stormont (Ballymiscaw townland).
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the meaning of Braniel is uncertain. It may come from the Irish Broinngheal meaning “bright fronted place”. So this sculpture of the sun is pretty appropriate.
The sculpture includes representations of local landmarks like Stormont and the Harland & Wolff cranes (Ballymacarrett Intake townland).
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