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Ballykinlar is located in County Down
Location within County Down
Population348 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDownpatrick
Postcode districtBT30
Dialling code028
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°15′N 5°48′W / 54.25°N 5.8°W / 54.25; -5.8

Ballykinlar or Ballykinler (from Irish Baile Coinnleora 'townland of the candelabrum')[1] is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies 12 kilometres south west of Downpatrick, in the parish of Tyrella and Dundrum. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 348 people. It is within the Newry, Mourne and Down area and runs parallel to the Irish Sea coast. Located within the Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is surrounded by low drumlins and marshes.[2]


Public houses in the area include the Minerstown Tavern (located 3 miles to the east along the coast) and The Four Roads Inn (2 miles from the village).[citation needed]

The village was selected for an award from the Big Lottery Fund of £128,472 to provide a new children's playgroup area.[3]

Visitors to Ballykinlar include walkers and hikers who wish to observe the coastline of County Down, and undertake the Ballykinlar to Killough walk which passes the Blue Flag beach at Tyrella.[4] A nearby coastal path is maintained by the Ministry of Defence, although access is prohibited when shooting ranges are active.[citation needed]

Ballykinlar is the site of a former British Army base known as Abercorn Barracks.


Ballykinlar Halt railway station was opened in March 1915, but was finally closed on 16 January 1950.[5]

A regular bus service runs between Downpatrick and Ballykinlar, via Clough.


Ballykinlar has three sports pitches, including two changing facilities. It also has several association football teams including U13's, U15's, U17's and a second and first team.

Ballykinlar also has a Gaelic Football team called Baile Choinnleora (which is Irish for Ballykinlar), founded in 1932. The club's ground is named Tadhg Barry Memorial Park, in memory of Irish nationalise, trade unionist and journalist Tadhg Barry,[6][7] who was killed at Ballykinlar Camp in 1921.[citation needed]

Civil parish

The civil parish is in the historic barony of Lecale Upper and contains the settlement of Ballykinler.[8]

The civil parish contains the townlands of Ballykinler Lower, Ballykinler Middle, and Ballykinler Upper.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-05-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ards Down Area Plan 2015 Down District Settlement Proposals (PDF) (Report). March 2009. p. 111.
  3. ^ Big Lottery Fund - Ballykinlar[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Ballykinlar-Killough". Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Ballykinlar Halt" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  6. ^ Ballykinlar Co Down
  7. ^ Ballykinlar Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "Ballykinler". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 20 May 2015.


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