Question: Why do so many towns in Ireland start with Bally?

How many places in Ireland start with Bally?

Some 5,000 places in Ireland sport the prefix ‘Bally’, of which 45 bear the nomenclature of Ballybeg (little town). ‘Bally’, or ‘baile’ in Gaelic, is an Irish agrarian division known as a ‘townland’ – a land category which is unique to Ireland.

What does Bally mean in Ballycastle?

Ballycastle (from Irish: Baile an Chaistil, meaning ‘town of the castle’) is a small seaside town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Why do so many towns in Ireland start with Kil?

“Kil/Kill” is slightly more difficult, stemming from either “coill” meaning “wood” or “cill” meaning “church.” There are several places named “Kill” throughout Ireland and some of them are “An Choill” in Irish, while others are “An Chill.”

What does Bally mean in Scotland?

BALLY, BALLY-COG, n. A milk pail. Bnff.

Is Ballycastle Catholic or Protestant?

About 75 percent of the 5,500 residents of Ballycastle, which lies at the northern tip of Northern Ireland, are Catholic.

What does CIL mean in Irish?

By Alison Grant. Gaelic cill (pronounced keel) originally meant ‘cell, church’ from Old Irish cell, (ultimately from Latin cella) and now usually means ‘chapel, churchyard‘ in modern Gaelic.

What does Tully mean in Irish?

Tully (surname)

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Language(s) Irish
Meaning devoted to the will (i.e. of God) or quiet, peaceful
Region of origin Ireland and Scotland
Other names

What does gal mean in Irish?

Gal, Gael. A Gaelic word meaning ‘strangers’ or ‘foreigners’. For example, Donegal [Fortess of the foreigners]. Note that Galway is not an example of this word.