Today’s townland is Tullyveery, to the northwest of the town of Killyleagh in County Down.

Tullyveery Road signMost of Tullyveery is farmland, with the Ardigon Road and Tullyveery Road winding their way around the drumlins.

Ardigon Road TullyveeryWhen I drove through in June, the hedgerows along the roadside were laced with wild dog-rose and honeysuckle.

Tullyveery dogroseSilage had already been cut and baled to feed the local cows.

Tullyveery cows

Tullyveery silage balesI’m pleased to see that the cattle also have more than enough gates to last them through the winter.

Tullyveery gatesThe northern edge of Tullyveery townland juts out into the Clea Lakes, which were formed as water collected naturally in the hollows between the drumlins, with a series of hollows ending up flooded and interconnected.

Clea Lakes from TullyveeryBack in April, this coot was hiding in the trees right beside the Clea Lough Road.

Coot in Clea Lakes from TullyveeryTullyveery House is a large Georgian country house, named after the townland.  It is still a working farm, but also provides a venue for weddings.

Tullyveery House signAs you get closer to Killyleagh, you see reminders of Tullyveery’s industrial past:  a tall chimney from a 19th century cotton mill, and a monument to the mill owner, John Martin.  As the mill thrived, a village named Shrigley grew up around it.

Shrigley still exists, but things have changed.  The Victorian buildings have gone; the local houses were built in the 1970s; and NI Plastics use their Shrigley factory to make a twinwall polypropylene sheet called “Corriboard”.  I don’t have a photo of Corriboard, just a suggestion that the factory has plenty of pallets for shipping.

Shrigey factory palletsIn Killyleagh churchyard I found a memorial tablet with the name of the townland, spelled “Tullyvery”.

Heron from Tullyveery grave at KillyleaghAccording to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Tullyveery came from the Irish Baile Buí na Míre meaning “yellow townland of the portion”, or possibly from Tulaigh Mhíre meaning “hillock of the portion”.  Luckily, I found a yellow hillock, covered with whins (gorse) blooming in April 2016.

Tullyveery gorse


more information

Click here for more information on Tullyveery House.

Click here for the press report of a book about Shrigley written by Chris Hagan.

Which county is Tullyveery in?  County Down

Which civil parish is Tullyveery in?  Killyleagh

Which townlands border Tullyveery?   On the other side of the Clea Lakes, Lisinaw, Clay and Tullymacnous.

To the east, towards the town of Killyleagh and Strangford Lough, Moymore and Corporation.

To the south, Ardigon.

To the west, Ballywillin and Derryboy.

Click here to see a map of Tullyveery on Townlands.IE

And finally, click here to read more about the townland name on PLACENAMESNI.ORG


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