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Coney Island, County Down


Eng. coney 'rabbit' + island


On the coast, 1km SW of Ardglass

par: Ardglass bar: Lecale Lower

The little townland of Coney Island, which measures approximately 56 acres, is not an island but it includes a narrow peninsula which may at one time have been cut off by the sea. The name of the townland is recorded as Conningsiland in 1635, as Cony Is in 1640 and as Conny-Island in 1669. Coney or Cony is a medieval English word meaning ‘rabbit’, deriving from OE coning, cunning. It is found as an element in a number of Irish place-names, including that of an island named Coney Island in the south of Lough Neagh (LNP 86). There is a townland named Coney Island in Co Clare and a townland named Coney Island or Inishmulclohy in Co. Sligo.  See also Cunningburn, par. Newtownards.


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 46; PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

A.N. surname Conning, from A.F. conning ""rabbit""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 46
Conningsiland1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $74 Car. I
Can Iland1657cHib. Reg. Lecale
Canny-Island1667ASE 112 a 31
Conny-Island1669ASE 191 a 19
Cane Ile1672cHib. Del. Down
Cunny''s Island1692Rent Roll Down 2
Cunny''s Island1692Rent Roll Down 1
Lecale Lower
Parish in 1851
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