Today’s townland has a double name: Kilmood and Ballybunden. The townland is situated in County Down, between Ballygowan and Killinchy.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, Ballybunden comes from a family name, possibly Baile Uí Bhuanáin meaning “townland of Ó Buanáin”.
Kilmood is also the name of the parish, and of the hamlet where I visited this church – St Mary’s Church of Ireland.
From PLACENAMESNI, I learned that an earlier church, known in Irish as Cill Mo Dhiúid or in English as “Mo Dhiúid’s church”, gave rise eventually to the name “Kilmood”.
When I visited this townland in October 2015, the harvest was in full swing.
But since I’m posting this on a lazy Sunday morning, let’s have some more relaxing pictures of the animals of Kilmood & Ballybunden.
The churchyard at Kilmood has inscriptions for both halves of the townland name, on separate gravestones.
Click here to see more photographs of gravestones relating to Kilmood & Ballybunden.
Click here for a link to a map of Kilmood & Ballybunden on Townlands.IE
Which other townlands border Kilmood & Ballybunden? To the north, Tullynagee. To the east, Ballyministragh. To the south, Balloo and Ballymacashen. To the west, Drumreagh.
Which civil parish is Kilmood & Ballybunden in? Kilmood
Which county is Kilmood & Ballybunden in? County Down
And finally, click here to read the history of the townland’s name on my usual source, PLACENAMESNI.ORG