Knocknagoney townland lies on the edge of Belfast Lough, between Belfast and Holywood. Road and rail traffic passes through Knocknagoney constantly, slowing down only for a busy road junction and a Tesco supermarket.
But I was looking for the quieter side of the townland, so I went to two parks. First, I checked the map to confirm that Knocknagoney Park was in the right townland. It actually straddles two townlands: Knocknagoney and Ballymaghan.
On the Old Holywood Road is the entrance to a second green space: Redburn Country Park.
I was hoping that “equestrian parking” would mean a wooden rail for cowboys to tie up their horses, and was disappointed to find an ordinary carpark with extra space for trailers. But the woodland walks were anything but disappointing.
It was freezing – see the dusting of snow on the hill on the far side of the lough in the next photo? I didn’t spot any rabbits on the hill. They must have been hiding from the cold, from the dogs being walked in the park, or maybe even from the hovering kestrel.
It was getting too cold and dark for me, so I went on (by car, not on horseback) to the next townland of Holywood, where I found two graves for Knocknagoney families. The first one, from 1852, was leaning at a precarious angle.
Which county is Knocknagoney in? County Down.
Which civil parish is Knocknagoney in? Holywood.
Which townlands border Knocknagoney? To the north, Holywood (with the boundary running along Jackson’s Road). To the south, Ballymaghan (with the boundary running through Knocknagoney Park). To the east, at the top of the hill, the corners of Ballykeel and Ballymiscaw. To the west, Belfast Lough and the reclaimed land of Sydenham Intake.