Cill Cheallaigh
Street and post office in Kilkelly
Street and post office in Kilkelly
Kilkelly is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°52′16″N 8°51′01″W / 53.87123°N 8.85033°W / 53.87123; -8.85033Coordinates: 53°52′16″N 8°51′01″W / 53.87123°N 8.85033°W / 53.87123; -8.85033
CountyCounty Mayo
77 m (253 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM441916

Kilkelly (Irish: Cill Cheallaigh, meaning 'church of Cellach'[2]) is a small village in Kilmovee civil parish, County Mayo, Ireland. It is just south of Ireland West Airport Knock on the N17, a national primary road running between Galway and Sligo.


Built heritage

Evidence of ancient settlement in the area includes a ringfort site in Liscosker townland.[3] An early ecclesiastical site to the south of Kilkelly village, which includes the remains of a church and graveyard, is historically associated with Saint Celsus (or Cellach).[3] The modern Roman Catholic church of Saint Celsus, to the north of the village, is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry.[4] Urlaur Abbey, a monastic site dating to the mid-15th century, is also nearby.[5]


Kilkelly is the subject of a song. "Kilkelly, Ireland", by the American songwriter Peter Jones. In the 1980s, Jones discovered a collection of 19th century letters sent to his Irish emigrant ancestor in America from that ancestor's father in Kilkelly.[5][6] Jones wrote a ballad based on the contents of those letters, conveying the experience of his own family as well as others separated by emigration.[5][6][7]


Kilkelly has a number of shops, a pharmacy,[8] credit union branch,[9] and a post office.[10] As of 2010, the local national (primary) school had over 50 pupils enrolled.[11]

Notable people

See also: List of Mayo people

See also


  1. ^ "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Kilkelly". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Cill Cheallaigh/Kilkelly (see archival records)". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Record of Monuments and Places as Established Under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994 - County Mayo" (PDF). National Monuments and Historic Properties Service. 1996. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Parishes - Kilmovee". Diocese of Achonry. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Kilkelly". Mayo Ireland Ltd. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b O'Shea, James (16 September 2016). "Letters of a family to their son in America after the Famine". IrishCentral. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Healey, Joseph F. (2011). Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The sociology of group conflict and change. Pine Forge Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-1412987318.
  8. ^ "Life Pharmacy Kilkelly - Mayo". Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Kiltimagh Credit Union - Kilkelly Office". Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Store Locator - Kilkelly". An Post. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Whole School Evaluation Report - Saint Theresa's National School, Kilkelly, Co. Mayo" (PDF). Department of Education. 26 January 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Republican who preferred the gun to politics". Irish Times. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  13. ^ "TDs who have seen the inside of a cell". The Irish Times. 17 January 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2008.