Today’s townland is Killaghy, which is in the middle of the Ards Peninsula, on the road from Newtownards to Millisle.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name probably comes from the Irish Cill Achaidh meaning “the church of the field”. There is no sign of the church now, but there are still plenty of fields.
Thankfully the other roads in the townland are called Moss Road, School Road and Windmill Road – hard to get those wrong. Windmill Road was named for the old windmill in Ballycopeland townland, but the 21st century version of a wind turbine has reached this area too.
In Templepatrick graveyard, Miller Hill, I found a couple of 19th century graves for families from this townland. One is attached to the wall with brackets; the other is slowly falling forward towards the ground.
Which county is Killaghy in? County Down
Which civil parish is Killaghy in? Donaghadee