Local Area

Millisle is located 3 miles south of Donaghadee and means “meadow of the hill”. The Ballycopeland Windmill, a late 18th century tower mill can still be visited today.  It played a vital role during the Second World War when it provided a haven for Jewish children who had been evacuated as part of the ‘Kindertransport’. Between 1939 – 1948 unaccompanied Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were brought to Millisle and passed through Magill’s farm on the Woburn Road. Amy Carmichael who went on to become a Christian missionary in India was born in the village in 1867.

Donaghadee (from Irish: Domhnach Daoi, meaning "Daoi’s church") lies on the northeast coast of the Ards Peninsula, about 18 miles east of Belfast and about six miles south east of Bangor. It is probably best known for its lighthouse and harbour. For centuries, it has been a haven for ships, and the harbour has been there from at least the 17th century. The Motte, or the Moat as it is known, dates back to 1818. Today it is part of a park, giving views across the town and seawards towards the Copeland Islands.

We are proud to be joining this rich history and we plan to work closely with a variety of local groups and establish close links with the local Millisle and Donaghadee communities.