Today’s townland is Multyhogy. That name looks odd, but it makes more sense when you know that it comes from the Irish Muilte Sheoigigh meaning “Joy’s mills”.

The townland of Multyhogy is in East Belfast. A more common name for this area is Orangefield.

My walk through Multyhogy followed the Connswater Community Greenway.

Back in 2015 I blogged from the route of the Comber Greenway, and just noted that work was beginning in Connswater. Since then, pathways, bridges, signs, artwork, a vistor’s centre, gallery and café have all been created, with the official opening of the Greenway taking place on 14th September 2017.

I was impressed with the maps and brochures available from the friendly staff in the Visitor’s Centre at C S Lewis Square, showing the Greenway’s connections with C S Lewis and Van Morrison.

The Comber Greenway follows a disused railway line, but the Connswater Greenway runs through parks and along riverbanks.

The rivers create boundaries between townlands, with the Connswater river separating Ballyhackamore from Ballymacarrett;  the Loop river separating Ballyrushboy from Ballymaconaghy; and the one that I was following, the Knock river, separating Ballyhackamore from Multyhogy.

Of course, townland boundaries mean nothing to spaniels.

Multyhogy is an urban townland, but the wildflowers looked lovely, even in October.

The trails are well-signposted, and well-supplied with benches and information panels.

Using the leaf and seed guide above, I identify this as the “grey squirrel tree”.

I am left with a question. Does anyone know how to pronounce Multyhogy?

more information

Which county is Multyhogy in?  County Down

Which civil parish is Multyhogy in?  Knockbreda

Which townlands border Multyhogy? To the north, Ballyhackamore.  To the east, Knock and Carnamuck.  To the west, Ballyrushboy, Ballymaconaghy  and Lishnasharragh.

Click here for a map of Multyhogy on Townlands.IE.

And finally, click here to read about the townland’s name on my usual source – PLACENAMESNI.ORG.


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