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Ballydownfine, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Dhún Fionn 'townland of the white fort'

Background

Interestingly, there is a hostelry named the Whitefort Inn in the townland! The final element of the name of this townland might also be understood as referring to the mythological hero Fionn mac Cumhail. Ballydownfine includes part of Andersonstown and also Casement Park. There is no record of any fort in the townland.

References

McKay, P. 'Belfast place names and the Irish language' in Belfast and the Irish Language (2006:22)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballydownefune1604CPR Jas I 49a
Ballydownefine1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 48
Ballynafeiaha1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 48
Ballydownefin1608CPR Jas I 120a
Ballynafeiaha1608CPR Jas I 120a
(?)Ballidonfraghan1620Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $3
Ballinafeyagha1621CPR Jas I 523a
Ballydownefune1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) JacI $7
Ballydownefyn1621CPR Jas I 523a
Ballynaferagha1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Ballydownefyn1621#Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
B:downfine1780Lendrick Map
~Baile Dúin Finn ""town of Finn''s fort""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A24
Baile Dúin Feadhan ""townland of (the) fort of (the1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Barony
Belfast Upper
Parish
Shankill
Parish in 1851
Shankill
Townland
None
Place name ID
18754
Place name type
T