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Tullycarnet, County Down


Ir. Tulaigh Charnáin ‘hillock of the little cairn’.


Suburb, 4.5km E of Belfast city centre

par: Knockbreda bar: Castlereagh Lower

Tullycarnet is located in the north-east of the parish of Knockbreda, and it borders on the parishes of Holywood, Dundonald and Comber. The name of the townland is recorded as Tullecarnan in 1623 and all other 17th-century spellings of the place-name display a final -n, indicating that the final element is carnán ‘little cairn’.  A similar development of final -n to -t is found in the name of the townland of Ravernet (Irish Ráth Bhearnáin ‘fort of the little gap’) which lies roughly six miles to the south-west, in the parish of Blaris. There is now no trace or record of a cairn in the townland of Tullycarnet.


P. McKay, 2009; revised PT 2012; McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 142;

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Tulaigh Cairnet or Cairn Neid ""hill of Ned''s cairn

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 44

Tulaigh Charnáin

1989GÉ 170

Tulaigh Charnáin ""hillock of the little cairn""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 142
Balle-Tullecarnan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Balletullecarnan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Tullecarnan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Tolletarnan1659cCensus 1659 88
Tullycarnet1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Tullycarnet1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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