Looking down on Listooder
|Population||31 (2011 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
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". 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 ago. There are nine houses in Listooder and 31 people living here according to the 2011 census with many more in the surrounding area.
- A small river runs through Listooder which is a tributary of the Ballynahinch River, which leads into the Quoile River outside Downpatrick.
- 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, on the border of the two townlands of Listooder and Clontaghnaglar, 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. Local legend has it that 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.
- The leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice and former barrister, Jim Allister QC was born in Listooder where he lived until he was 9 years old.
- The professional footballer George Best (one of Northern Ireland's most iconic figures), spent his summer holidays as a kid at his relatives' summer house in Listooder. He often played football in the above Jim Allister's yard.
- Built in the 1787, the 12th oldest Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church is still in use by the congregation founded in 1713. The 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.
- Listooder Missionary Hall Established in September 1964 in conjunction with Faith Mission when Fred Orr of Acre Gospel Mission in Brazil was invited by Faith Mission to bring a missionary report. The hall is still in function and holds fortnightly youth fellowship and prayer meetings.
- "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 10 February 2014.
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