The historic county of Co. Down takes its name from the ancient An Dún, the Irish word for a fort. The fort in question may have once stood in the town of Downpatrick, Co. Down. Covering an area of around 2,448 square kilometres, the county shares borders with Co. Antrim to the north and Co. Armagh to the west.
During the Second World War, troops made use of the eastern coastline on the Irish Sea, as well as Belfast Lough and the Mountains of Mourne. Large towns such as Bangor and Newry saw an influx of military activity as did smaller, rural villages in the area. The city of Belfast and the then town of Lisburn both straddle the border between Co. Down and Co. Antrim.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.