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

Ballykinlar or Ballykinler (from Irish Baile Coinnleora, meaning '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.

It is a linear settlement running parallel to the Irish Sea coast and bordered by a British Army camp to the west and south west. It is a residential village with a low level of community facilities and a good bus service.The village is within the Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding landscape consists of low drumlins and marshes.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Ballykinlar is the site of a major British Army base now known as Abercorn Barracks.
  • The Minerstown Tavern is a very popular bar located 3 miles to the east along the coast. It provides frequent minibus transport to the village.
  • The Four Roads Inn is a popular pub/bar in Ballykinlar and has regular live music performances, discos and quizzes. Bingo every Sunday night in the lounge around 7pm. £1 minibus transport to and from Ballykinlar village. Lounge available for private parties, anniversaries and charity events.
  • Ballykinlar is a place of great natural beauty and many walkers and hikers who wish to observe the coastline of County Down undertake the convenient Ballykinlar to Killough walk which passes the Blue Flag beach at Tyrella.[2]


  • Ballykinlar Halt railway station was opened in March 1915, but was finally closed on 16 January 1950.[3]
  • A regular bus service runs between Downpatrick and Ballykinlar, via Clough.


  • Ballykinlar has three sports pitches, including two excellent changing facilities. It also has many successful football teams, 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.[4][5]

Lottery Award[edit]

The village was selected for an award from the Big Lottery Fund of £128,472 to provide a new children's playgroup area.[6]

Civil parish of Ballykinler[edit]

The civil parish is in the historic barony of Lecale Upper and contains the following settlements:[7]

  • Ballykinler


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-05-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Ballykinlar-Killough". Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Ballykinlar Halt" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-11.
  4. ^ Ballykinlar Co Down
  5. ^ Ballykinlar Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Big Lottery Fund - Ballykinlar[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Ballykinler". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 20 May 2015.


  • Prisoners of War - Ballykinlar Internment Camp 1920-1921, Liam O'Duibhir 2013 ISBN 978 1 78117 0410
  • The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace?, Chris Ryder 1991 ISBN 0-413-64800-1

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