Tracey at traceyscott55(a)yahoo.com.au writes:
<< how to get to Ballynamen going via Belfast. My Hardy family were traced
to this village; or perhaps directions to the cemetery that was used for the
There are two Ballynaman townlands in Co. Donegal. Paul identifies one of
them correctly as being "between Stranorlar and Lifford." To be a bit more
precise, it is about 2 miles SSW of Killygordon village. Killygordon is on the N
15 national road connecting Stranorlar and Lifford, and is about 3 miles east
of Stranorlar. Regarding cemeteries for this Ballynaman townland, there are
two of them very close to it. The northern end of Ballynaman is less than a
half-mile from a cross-roads just south of the River Finn and Killygordon. At
this cross-roads, there is an RC church, with attached graveyard and also a
Church of Ireland church, also with its own graveyard.
There is a second townland of Ballynaman. It is located about 9 miles west
(and a bit north) of Stranorlar, just west of the village of Commeen, on the
north side of the R 253 which connects Ballybofey with Glenties. The only
cemetery I know about in this area is 3 miles east of Ballynaman, near the
Kiltyfergal RC church - but actually in a churchyard for a C. of I. church (which may
be disused - I don't see the church symbol on Disc. map 11).
I think the first Ballynaman is the more likely location. The second one is
very remote and, in spite of its being over 700 acres in size, at least
currently there are only about 6 buildings there.
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