Listooder

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Coordinates: 54°24′26″N 5°48′33″W / 54.407102°N 5.809202°W / 54.407102; -5.809202

Listooder
Irish: Lios an tSúdaire
Looking down on Listooder
Listooder is located in Northern Ireland
Listooder
 Listooder shown within Northern Ireland
Population 31 (2011 Census)
District Down
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DOWNPATRICK
Postcode district BT30
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Strangford
NI Assembly Strangford
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Listooder is a hamlet and townland situated outside Crossgar towards Saintfield and Ballynahinch in County Down, Northern Ireland. Listooder derives its name from the Irish word 'Lios an tSúdaire' meaning "ring-fort".[1] It holds some new houses with a small working farm, missionary hall, Orange Lodge and non-subscribing Presbyterian church. There used to be a post office, pub and a shop here but closed several decades. . There is 9 houses in Listooder and 31 people living here according to the 2011 census with many more in the surrounding area.

Features[edit]

  • A small river runs along by Listooder which is a tributary of the Ballynahinch River which mouth is at the Quoile outside Downpatrick.
Grave stone in Listooder
  • Upon Listooder lies an old fort (hence lios) which sits on one of County Downs' highest drumlin hills. It was used as a look-out because of its vast 360° view across the Down Drumlins as far as the Mourne Mountains and down onto Listooder Hamlet which would have only held a farm then.
  • Less than half a mile outside Listooder in a field along Abbeyview Road sits a grave stone with a cross engraved on it surrounded by a stone wall with a sycamore and beech tree. This is the grave of a Roman Catholic priest who was rolled down a nearby hill in a barrel of nails during the pagan times and was buried where the barrel stopped.
  • On Abbeyview Road, there is also an old railway bridge that goes over the old Downpatrick-Belfast railway line that stopped functioning in 1959. During the world wars children got off here and stayed at nearby houses for safety.

Buildings[edit]

  • Founded in the 1800s a non-prescribed Presbyterian church still in function sits in the hamlet. A church hall is beside it.
  • An Orange hall can be found in the hamlet. Listooder Orange hall Founded in 1871 still remains to have orange men present with it. The orange hall used to hold a loyalist flute band known as Listooder True Blues.[2]
  • Listooder Missionary Hall Established in September 1964, when Fred Orr of Acre Gospel Mission in Brazil was invited to bring a missionary report. The hall is still in function and holds regular meetings.[3]
Listooder
Listooder Orange Hall
Rademon Church
Listooder Missionary Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ True Blues, Listooder. "Listooder Flute Band". 
  3. ^ Youth Fellowship, Listooder. "Listooder Missionary Hall". Retrieved 10 February 2012.