Today’s townland is Grangee, on the Ards peninsula in County Down. Grangee lies between Millisle and Carrowdore.
According to PLACENAMESNI, the name of this townland comes from the Norman-French word grange, meaning farmland belonging to a monastery. That became gráinsí or gráinseach in Irish and “grange” in English.
Does this sound familiar? Maybe because monastic farms or “granges” have also given us several Irish townlands called Gransha, one of which I have already visited for this blog.
Every farmer in County Down seems to be cutting grass for silage this week. I was too late to photograph them in Grangee. I found only empty fields, with open gates, and tyre marks from tractors leaving Grangee with heavy trailer-loads of grass.
At the point where Grangee meets Ballyfrenis, the Eden Pottery serves tea and scones. I bet the silage-cutters don’t have time to stop here.
You can buy Eden Pottery’s cups and plates in the shop, or learn how to create your own in the studio, or use ready-made ones in the café, as I did. (Or shop online at the Eden Pottery website here.)
Which county is Grangee in? County Down
Which civil parish is Grangee in? Donaghadee