As autumn arrives, I’m looking back at photos of summer walks in County Down. This year for the first time I made it to the townland at the far southern tip of the Ards peninsula – Ballyquintin.
Some sources suggest that Ballyquintin is named for a Saint Quintin, but according to PLACENAMESNI.org the name is more likely to come from an Anglo-Norman family. Ballyquintin was probably once known as Quinton’s town, or “Quintonton”, then as Baile Chuintín in Irish. This would follow the pattern of the Portaferry townland “Felipton” becoming Ballyphilip.
Today part of the townland is a nature reserve.
I had to make do with flowers, mainly gorse and this bird’s-foot trefoil.
Which county is Ballyquintin in? County Down
Which civil parish is Ballyquintin in? Ballyphilip
Which townlands border Ballyquintin? Only Tullycarnan to the north. On every other side, the sea.