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Killyleagh Parish (Dufferin portion), County Down

Origin

Ir. Cill Ó Laoch ‘church of the descendants of Laoch

Background

Town is on W shore of Strangford Lough, 8.5km NNE of Downpatrick

bar: Dufferin

It is possible that Laoch is a variant spelling of Luighdheach, a genitive form of Lughaidh which was a popular name in early Ireland. The ruins of the medieval parish church are 1km north of the town centre, in the large townland of Corporation.  Most of the parish of Killyleagh is in the barony of Dufferin, but a small portion consisting of the townland of Killinchy in the Woods is in the barony of Castlereagh Upper.

References

McKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 88

Additional Information

Other portion in Castlereagh Upper; see the town of Killyleagh for historical forms of this name.

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Killileagh1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 145
Barony
Dufferin
Parish
Killyleagh
Parish in 1851
Killyleagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
17617
Place name type
P