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Bellanamallard, County Fermanagh


Ir. Béal Átha na Mallacht [bell aha na malaght] ‘ford mouth of the curses’.


(usually Ballinamallard)

9km NNE of Enniskillen

par: Magheracross bar: Tirkennedy

According to a legend St Columcille placed a curse on the roosters here in the sixth century. The village of Bellanamallard was founded in the early 17th century and stands on the north side of the BALLINAMALLARD RIVER [Béal Átha na Mallacht 1645].


McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.22;

Additional Information

alias Ballinamallard

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Bel atha na marclach1500AFM iv 1256
a mBel Atha na Marclach1500AU iii 446
Balnamalard1746Reg. Free. Fer. 9
Balnamallard1746Reg. Free. Fer. 9
Balnamallard1748Reg. Free. Fer. 1
Ballynamallard1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) 54 B87 Tirkenne
Ballynamallard1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 54 B87
~Bél Átha na Mallacht ""mouth of the ford of the cu1834J O'D (OSNB) 54 B87
~mall-theacht ""took its name from a battle at the 1834J O'D (OSNB) 54 B87
Ballinamallard1834cOSM xiv 93
Ballinamallard 2 bridges1834cOSM xiv 96
Ballinamallard T.1834cOSM xiv 92
Ballinamallard T. & malarit ""barter"" or from malar1834cOSM xiv 93
Ballinamallard T. name derived either from bally ""1834cOSM xiv 93
Ballinamallard T.town1834cOSM xiv 92
Ballinamallard castle or large mansion formerly st1834cOSM xiv 97
Ballinamallard ch1834cOSM xiv 96
Ballinamallard name derived either from bally ""a t1834cOSM xiv 93
Ballinamallard river1834cOSM xiv 96
Ballinamallard town police1834cOSM xiv 97
Ballinmallard T. bakery established 18341834cOSM xiv 94
Ballynamallard1834cOSM xiv 99
Ballynamallard Manor of Newportin (prop A Crawford1834cOSM xiv 102
Ballynamallard td 4 schs estab1800 1823 1832 18341834cOSM xiv 99
Beala-na-malarit1834cOSM xiv 93
Beala-na-malarit ""ford of exchange of promises"" as1834cOSM xiv 93
~Ath-na-marclach(Hogan), with the usual Bel added-1913Joyce iii 137
~Béal Átha na Mallacht1989GÉ 179
~Béal Átha na Mallacht ""ford mouth of the curses""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 22
Béal Atha na Mallacht ""ford mouth of the curses""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Béal Atha na Mallacht ""ford-mouth of the curses""2002Fer. Bilingual Map PMcK
Parish in 1851
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