Today I’m continuing my summer tour of County Down’s coastline, exploring the townland of Kearney.
The Kearney Road ends at a (free) carpark beside a village of white cottages, now restored and rented out by the National Trust, which bought the land in 1965. From the carpark, you can walk down to the shore, following signs like this.
Things are a bit sharper at the shore. Which is a good thing for me, because I was looking for stones, cairns, angular rocks, or any of the possible sources for the townland name. PLACENAMESNI suggests that the place had a medieval Irish name like Baile Chairn meaning “townland of the cairn” which was then replaced with a Scots version – cairny.
Click on these links for more information on walks from the Kearney carpark:
Which county is Kearney in? County Down
Which civil parish is Kearney in? Ballytrustan
Which townlands border Kearney? Dooey and Knockinelder.