Ballyrogan townland lies east of Dundonald, between the two roads to Newtownards.

Two things to know:

  1. Don’t confuse it with neighbouring Ballyregan.

2.  Most of the houses on Ballyrogan Park and Ballyrogan Road are actually in Greengraves townland.

Ballyrogan Park signAs Ballyrogan Road climbs, the houses become farms and fields.

Ballyrogan RoadFor most of the year this countryside is green.  I caught it in September with some golden highlights.

Ballyrogan barley and green fieldBallyrogan barleyBallyrogan barley and treesAccording to the PLACENAMESNI website, the origin of the name Ballyrogan is the Irish Baile Uí Ruagáin meaning “O’Rogan’s townland”.   The townland name was carved into this gravestone in Dundonald churchyard in 1823 for the Tom family.

Ballyrogan gravestone


Click here for the Ballyrogan page on Derek Beattie’s Pictorial History of Newtownards.

Click here for Ros Davies’ Northern Ireland Family History Research website, which has a photo of the pupils of Ballyrogan National School from the 1880s.

Which civil parish is Ballyrogan in?  Newtownards.

Which townlands border Ballyrogan?  To the north, on the other side of the Belfast Road, Killarn and Ballybarnes.  To the east, Milecross and Ballycullen.  To the south and west, straddling the A20 Kempe Stones Road, Greengraves.

Which council area is Ballyrogan in?  Ards and North Down Borough Council

Which county is Ballyrogan in?  County Down

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


  1. OK… I would get confused with such similar names! (Imagine googly eyes and landing up at the wrong place!) The tombstone pic is interesting… I keep meaning to wander through the Jewish cemetery next to my partner’s mother’s home as it has fallen into neglect yet still is bursting with the most remarkable history.


  2. […] 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. […]


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