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Ballyhalbert Pier - - 3856.jpg

Ballyhalbert Pier, April 2005
Location within County Down
Population1,026 (2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT22
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°29′42″N 5°27′32″W / 54.495°N 5.459°W / 54.495; -5.459
Ballyhalbert Sunrise
Ballyhalbert Sunrise

Ballyhalbert (formerly known as Talbotston and Halbertston)[1] is a small village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the east (Irish Sea) coast of the Ards Peninsula between Ballywalter and Portavogie. It is largely residential and has a small harbour and large caravan site which was formerly a Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield, RAF Ballyhalbert, during World War II. It is within the Ards and North Down Borough. It had a population of 1,026 people (407 households) in the 2011 Census,[2] up from 447 people in the 2001 Census.[citation needed]

The easternmost settlement of Ireland, Burr Point, is within Ballyhalbert's environs.


Ballyhalbert was originally known as Talbotyston as far back as 1333; however by 1605 it had been Gaelicised as Ballitalbot, and as Ballihalbert by 1617.[3] The modern Irish name is Baile Thalbóid.[4] The Talbot family settled in the area following the Norman invasion of Ireland.[5] The Talbots came from Herefordshire in England, and also settled in County Antrim and County Dublin.[6]


In May 1917 four vessels, the Saint Mungo, Derrymore, Amber and the Morion, were captured and sunk in Ballyhalbert Bay, by U-boat UC 65 under the command of Otto Steinbrinck, one of the most famous U-boat commanders of World War I.[7]

The village played a major role during World War II when an RAF airfield, RAF Ballyhalbert, was built. It had the important role of protecting Belfast and the eastern half of Northern Ireland. During its lifetime, Ballyhalbert was home to RAF, Army, Navy and United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) personnel. The airfield was sold to developers in March 1960, and is in use for a caravan park and gated community known as Ballyhalbert Park Homes.[citation needed]

In stormy weather, although sea defences have been implemented, waves crashing against the coast leave debris on main roads.[citation needed] In the 21st century, a car park opposite the gospel hall has had numerous repairs to protect it from the sea.[citation needed]


Victoria Primary School serves the village.

Glastry College is one mile from Ballyhalbert.

See also


  1. ^ a b Ulster Scots Agency Archived 20 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, page 19.
  2. ^ "Ballyhalbert". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. ^ Place Names NI - Ballyhalbert Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Ballyhalbert Village". Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Genealogy Research Site. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Ballyhalbert History - The Talbots". Ballyhalbert website. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  7. ^ O'Sullivan, Aidan & Breen, Colin (2007). Maritime Ireland. An Archaeology of Coastal Communities. Stroud: Tempus. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-7524-2509-2.

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