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Irish: Baile an Doire
County Londonderry, Tyrone
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Location: 54°39’12"N, 6°33’39"W
Post town: Cookstown
Postcode: BT80
Dialling code: 028
Local Government

Ballinderry is a small civil and ecclesiastical parish spanning the border of the counties of Londonderry and Tyrone. It is a rural parish of about 350 houses and lies on the western shores of Lough Neagh. Its name is from the Irish ‘’Baile an Doire’’, meaning “town of the oak wood”.

The parish contains two small villages: Ballylifford and Derrychrin, which are of relatively close proximity to Cookstown, Coalisland, Magherafelt and Dungannon. They are also very close to the settlements of Ardboe, Moortown, The Loup and Ballyronan.

Places of interest

Ballinderry River flows into Lough Neagh at Ballinderry. The river forms the border between the two counties and is regarded by anglers as one of the best trout rivers in Ulster, and is also good for salmon. One variety of trout, known as dollaghan, is native to the Lough Neagh area. Canoeing is also popular along the river and canoe steps have been built at several points to aid the sport's participants.

Due to its location on the shores of Lough Neagh, fishing was historically the primary source of income for many local people.


  • Gaelic games are popular in the area, with Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC being the local club. Pairc na Seamróg is the team's grounds. Ballinderry GAC is best known for winning the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship in 2002. They field Gaelic football teams at U8, U10 U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve, Thirds and Senior levels. Ballinderry also fields Camogie teams from U8s right up to Seniors.[1]
  • Angling is also popular in the area, judging by the growing membership of "Ballinderry Bridge Angling Club".


Ballinderry consists of 14 townlands. Below is a list of these townlands along with their Irish-language origin and meaning.[2]


  • Ardagh (from the Irish: Ard achadh, meaning "high field")
  • Ballinderry (from the Irish: Baile an Doire, meaning "town of the oakwood")
  • Ballydonnell (from the Irish: Baile Uí Domhnaill, meaning "townland of the O'Donnells")
  • Ballylifford
  • Ballymultrea (from the Irish: Baile Uí Maoiltrea, meaning "O'Multrea's townland")
  • Ballyronan Beg (from the Irish: Baile Uí Ronáin Beag, meaning "O'Ronans town (little)")
  • Belagherty
  • Killymuck (from the Irish: Coill a Muc, meaning "the wood of the pigs")


  • Derrycrin (Conyngham)
  • Derrycrin (Eglish)
  • The Gort alias Eglish ((from the Irish: Eaglais, meaning "church")
  • Lanaglug (from the Irish: Lann na gClog, meaning "church of the bells")
  • Mullan Upper (from the Irish: Mullán, meaning "small summit")
  • Mullan Lower (from the Irish: Mullán, meaning "small summit")


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