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Blackskull is located in County Down
Blackskull shown within County Down
Population 438 2014
Irish grid reference J142519
• Belfast 22 miles
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DROMORE
Postcode district BT25
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°24′10″N 6°14′26″W / 54.402865°N 6.240470°W / 54.402865; -6.240470Coordinates: 54°24′10″N 6°14′26″W / 54.402865°N 6.240470°W / 54.402865; -6.240470

Blackskull is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies near Donaghcloney and Dromore. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 168 people. It is within the Craigavon Borough Council area.

The village is named after an old inn called the Black Skull, which had a picture of a black man's head on its sign. A grisly local tale tells how a black man was beheaded and his skull mounted above the door of the inn.[1] Formerly, the area was known as Ballygunaghan (from Irish Baile Uí Dhuinneagáin, meaning 'O'Donegan's settlement'),[2][3] after the townland in which it lies.


  1. ^ Placenames NI: Blackskull
  2. ^ Placenames NI: Ballygunaghan
  3. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland

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