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A tall, brown stone bridge with one wide central arch over a canal, and a secondary arch over a towpath. The bridge is partially obscured by trees.
The High Bridge over the Lagan Canal at Ballyskeagh, April 1979.
Ballyskeagh is located in County Down
Location within County Down
Population186 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBelfast
Postcode districtBT
Dialling code028
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°32′02″N 6°00′19″W / 54.53389°N 6.00528°W / 54.53389; -6.00528Coordinates: 54°32′02″N 6°00′19″W / 54.53389°N 6.00528°W / 54.53389; -6.00528

Ballyskeagh (from Irish: Baile Sceach, meaning "townland of thorn bushes")[1] is a small village and townland situated between Lambeg and Drumbeg in County Down, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 186 people. It lies within the Lagan Valley Regional Park and the Lisburn City Council area.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Ballyskeagh Bridge, a sandstone arched bridge situated over the Lagan Canal, was built between 1760 and 1779 by Thomas Omer, engineer in charge of the canal.[2] It is a listed building.[3]
  • McIlroy Park, connecting the Lagan towpath to Ballyskeagh and Dunmurry, was named after local footballer Jimmy McIlroy.[4][5]
  • The Lock Keeper’s House, also built between 1760 and 1779, is a privately owned listed building.[6]
  • To the west of the Lock Keeper’s House, an enclosure, probably a rath, is situated.[7]


Ballyskeagh is the home of New Grosvenor Stadium, the football stadium of Lisburn Distillery F.C., which is also used as a greyhound racing stadium under the name Drumbo Park.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 26 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bridges". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "HB19/09/007". Buildings Database. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "McIlroy Park". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Football legend McIlroy 'honoured and embarrassed' by New Year MBE". Ulster Star. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "HB19/09/003". Buildings Database. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "SMR Number DOW 008:001". Northern IReland Sites and Monuments Record. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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