Bangor puzzles me. I know where I am on the coast, but the inland suburbs confuse me.
It’s not entirely my fault. I see a townland name, snap a photograph, then check the maps and find that the street is in the wrong place.
I found Ballyree Drive in the townland of Corporation. The real Ballyree townland is a little further east. The name Ballyree comes from the Irish Baile an Fhraoigh meaning ‘townland of the heather’.
I forgive Ballyree Drive for being misplaced, because it has this joyful football mural created by Angela Ginn, showing Northern Ireland footballer Josh Magennis. Josh grew up on this estate, as was reported in the Belfast Telegraph in May 2017 and now plays for Hull City. Last week he scored for Northern Ireland against the Netherlands in a European Championship qualifying match. The team are in action again tonight, in a friendly against the Czech Republic.
My second source of confusion is Rathgill. The official name of the townland is spelled “GILL”. But look at this roundabout: GAEL. Most people probably believe that GAEL is right, especially as the Department of Education is based in Rathgael House.
Bangor does have streets called Rathgill, but guess what? They’re in Balloo townland.
less confusing Information
Which county are Ballyree and Rathgill in? County Down
Which civil parish are they in? Bangor