Kilkelly (Irish: Cill Cheallaigh[2]) is a village in Kilmovee 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.


Cill Cheallaigh
Kilkelly is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°52′17″N 8°51′01″W / 53.871250°N 8.850203°W / 53.871250; -8.850203Coordinates: 53°52′17″N 8°51′01″W / 53.871250°N 8.850203°W / 53.871250; -8.850203
CountyCounty Mayo
77 m (253 ft)
 • Total373
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM441911

Kilkelly is a small village, notable due to the song "Kilkelly, Ireland", written by American songwriter Peter Jones. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Jones discovered a collection of century-old letters sent to his Irish emigrant ancestor in America from that ancestor's father in Kilkelly.[3][4] Jones wrote a ballad based on the contents of those letters, conveying the experience of his own family as well as others who were separated permanently by emigration.[3][4][5]


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  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Kilkelly". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Cill Cheallaigh/Kilkelly". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Kilkelly". Mayo Ireland Ltd. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Healey, Joseph F. (2011). Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The sociology of group conflict and change. Pine Forge Press. p. 85. ISBN 1412987318.

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