Between Dundonald and Newtownards you find the townland of Killarn.
Travelling from Dundonald, the first landmark in Killarn is the Old Mill, which was a restaurant when I first posted this blog, but has since closed..
On the fields adjoining the Belfast Road, cattle reared in Killarn look pretty healthy.
There’s plenty for humans to eat too, at McKee’s Farm Shop and Restaurant.
Next time I may even try the golden beetroot.
As usual, the PLACENAMESNI website is the place to go for the origin of the townland name. They consider that Killarn probably derives from the Irish Cill Earnáin meaning “Earnán’s church”.
If you are researching the history of your family in Killarn, I recommend Derek Beattie’s website “Newtownards: A Pictorial History”.
Which civil parish is Killarn in? Newtownards.
Which townlands border Killarn? Across the fields towards Dundonald is Carrowreagh. Heading uphill, you reach Craigogantlet. Cross the Holywood Road and you enter Ballyskeagh High and Ballybarnes. Cross the Belfast Road and you find Greengraves and Ballyrogan.
Which council area is Killarn in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Killarn in? County Down