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Balloo, County Down


Ir. Baile Aodha ‘Hugh’s townland’


The name Balloo is applied to two separate townlands in this parish, Balloo and Balloo Lower.  It should be pointed out that this is not an example of a townland having been divided.  In such cases the two townlands are generally contiguous such as Ballysallagh Major and Ballysallagh Minor, also in this parish. In this case the townland of Balloo is separated from the townland of Balloo Lower which lies on the coast lies a few miles to the north-east. Balloo Lower appears in some documents with the qualifier juxta mare ‘beside the sea’ to distinguish it from Balloo, which in turn appears with the qualifier, juxta Bangor ‘beside Bangor’.

The identity of the individual named Aodh who is commemorated in the name of the townland is not known. However, the anglicisation and local pronunciation of this personal name in our place-name is of significance as it bears testimony to the distinctive pronunciation of 'ao' in the Gaelic of Ulster and Scotland as an unrounded 'u' vowel. There are five other Irish townlands named Balloo, including Balloo in the parish of Killinchy, Co. Down.


Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2, p. 150; with additions MOM

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballow next Bangor

1659cCensus 1659 93

Ballow juxta Bangor 3 quarters

1661BSD 90
Balloo1743Maxwell Rent Roll fol. 1


1823Downshire Direct. 316
Ards Lower
Parish in 1851
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