Back to reality today, after the April Fool, as I explore the townland of Tullynakill in County Down.
Tullynakill is on the western shore of Strangford Lough, on the bay enclosed by Reagh Island and Mahee Island. The southern boundary of the townland runs up to the water’s edge. From this photo, it looks like you are completely hemmed in, but it’s definitely possible to sail out between the islands to the open lough.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Tullynakill comes from the Irish Tulaigh na Cille meaning “knoll of the church”. There are records of the townland being called Tullynakill in 1615 and 1625, Tullomkill in 1617, and Tolinkill in 1659.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may be familiar with “Tully” from Tullycarnet, Tullynagee, Tullycore and Tullynagardy – all referring to small hills. And “kill” often appears in townland names related to churches, as in Killarn, Kilmood and Killinakin. You can see the ruins of Tullynakill’s church at the graveyard.
Which county is Tullynakill in? County Down
Which parish is the townland of Tullynakill in? Tullynakill.
Which townlands border Tullynakill? To the north, Ringneill. To the west, Lisbane. To the south, Ballymartin. To the east, the lough.