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Ballyskeagh (from Irish: Baile Sceach, meaning "townland of thorn bushes")[1] is a small village and townland situated between Lambeg and Drumbeg in County Down, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 186 people. It lies within the Lagan Valley Regional Park and the Lisburn City Council area.

Places of interest

  • Ballyskeagh Bridge, a sandstone arched bridge situated over the Lagan Canal, was built between 1760 and 1779 by Thomas Omer, engineer in charge of the canal.[2] It is a listed building.[3]
  • McIlroy Park, connecting the Lagan towpath to Ballyskeagh and Dunmurry, was named after local footballer Jimmy McIlroy.[4][5]
  • The Lock Keeper’s House, also built between 1760 and 1779, is a privately owned listed building.[6]
  • To the west of the Lock Keeper's House, an enclosure, probably a rath, is situated.[7]


Ballyskeagh is the home of New Grosvenor Stadium, the football stadium of Lisburn Distillery F.C., which is also used as a greyhound racing stadium under the name Drumbo Park.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 26 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bridges". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "HB19/09/007". Buildings Database. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "McIlroy Park". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Football legend McIlroy 'honoured and embarrassed' by New Year MBE". Ulster Star. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "HB19/09/003". Buildings Database. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "SMR Number DOW 008:001". Northern IReland Sites and Monuments Record. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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