Knockbreda Parish (Castlereagh Lower portion), County Down
Originally two names. Knock: Ir. Cnoc 'hill'; Breda: Ir. Bréadach 'broken land'
District is a suburb, 3.5km SSE of Belfast city centre
bar: Castlereagh Upper
Knock and Breda were separate parishes until they were amalgamated in 1658 to form the modern civil parish of Knockbreda. Although the two contributing names were of Irish origin, the resulting combination was coined in English. Both Knock (Ir. An Cnoc ‘the hill’) and Breda (Ir. Bréadach ‘broken land’) survive as separate place-names, the former as the name of a townland and district and the latter as the name of a townland 5km to the south-east. Most of the parish is in the barony of Castlereagh Upper, but this small portion in the north-east is in Castlereagh Lower.
ReferencesMcKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 92; with additions PT, 2012.
Other portion in Castlereagh Upper; see the townlands of Knock and Breda for details of those names
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- Castlereagh Lower
- Parish in 1851
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