Today’s townland is Ballynichol, near Portaferry. The townland name is printed in red on this sign for the Ballyfounder Road which runs through Ballynichol.
County Down has two townlands named Ballynichol. I wrote about the one near Comber back in November 2015 – click here to read about that other Ballynichol.
The history of the name is similar in both cases, starting with “Nicholstown” in the Anglo-Norman period, with the name then being gaelicised as Baile Niocail and in turn re-anglicised as Ballynichol or Ballynickle.
This gravestone for the Lennon family in St Patrick’s churchyard, Tullyboard, is inscribed with the spelling Ballynickle.
Looking at the club’s Facebook page, I can see that they do actually have a successful club for camogie and hurling, and deserve good wishes from this blog, so…. “Up the Ports!”
Which county is Ballynichol in? County Down
Which parish is Ballynichol in? Ballytrustan