Kirkop (Maltese: Ħal Kirkop) is a village in the Southern Region of Malta. It is found near the Malta International Airport, and has been inhabited since pre-history. The parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard. The football team of the village is the Kirkop United Football Club.

Ħal Kirkop
Parish Church of St Leonard
Parish Church of St Leonard
Flag of Kirkop
Coat of arms of Kirkop
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Kirkop in Malta.svg
Coordinates: 35°50′31″N 14°29′6″E / 35.84194°N 14.48500°E / 35.84194; 14.48500Coordinates: 35°50′31″N 14°29′6″E / 35.84194°N 14.48500°E / 35.84194; 14.48500
Country Malta
RegionSouthern Region
DistrictSouth Eastern District
BordersLuqa, Mqabba, Safi, Żurrieq
 • MayorTerence Agius (PL)
 • Total1.1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)
 • Total2,397
 • Density2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Koppi (m), Koppija (f), Koppin (pl)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code356
ISO 3166 codeMT-23
Patron saintSaint Leonard
Saint Joseph
Day of festa3rd Sunday of August
2nd Sunday of July

Etymology and populationEdit

The Annunciation Church

The original name of the village was Casal Prokopju, and is retrieved from the registers of the Maltese militia that existed prior to the rule of the Order of St. John. Through generations, the local population corrupted the original name and was changed to Kirkop.

The name of the village comes from the surname of a rich family


Punic remains of catacombs are found around the village of Kirkop with some of them remain unexplored, and their exploration has been shelved.

In 1969 Anthropologist Jeremy Boissevain published a research on the social fabric of the village in his book Hal Farrug: a village in Malta. Boissevain claims that the people of Ħal Kirkop have lived in the area for centuries because of his assumed comparable bloodline with ancient Phoenician. The Phoenicians occupied the Maltese islands around 700 B.C..

Kirkop was part of a larger community, as part of the parish of Bir Miftuħ, in the Middle Ages until the Early Modern period. However on 29 May 1592, it was declared a parish on its own right.

The village had a population of 2,260 people in March 2011.[1] By March 2014 this decreased slightly to 2,191 people.[2]

Places, buildings and structuresEdit

In Kirkop, one finds the Menhir monolith,[3] which has become the symbol of the village, and a number of Paleo-Christian Catacombs.

Other notorious buildings and structures are listed monuments which include; the Church of the Annunciation, the Parish Church of St. Leonard, the Chapel St. Nicholas at the cemetery, a cross column (Is-Salib tad-Dejma), and a number of niches scattered around the village.[4] There are two WWII shelters below street level.[5]

There are two band clubs, the St. Leonard Band Club and the St. Joseph Band Club, which are used as recreation.

Kirkop is home to an STMicroelectronics plant, whose production accounts for 60% of national exports.

Kirkop main roadsEdit

  • Triq Ħal Safi (Safi Road)
  • Triq il-Belt Valletta (Valletta Road)
  • Triq il-Lewżiet (Almonds Street)
  • Triq ir-Ramlija (Sandy Street)
  • Triq It-Tielet Waqgha (Third Fall Road)
  • Triq l-Industrija (Industry Street)
  • Triq San Benedittu (St Benedict Street)
  • Triq l-Gharaq tad-Demm (Bloody Sweat Street)
  • Triq San Ġwann (St John Street)
  • Triq San Nikola (St. Nicholas Street)
  • Triq Santu Rokku (St Rocco Street)
  • Triq Taż-Żebbiegħ (Taz-Zebbiegh Road)

Band clubsEdit

  • St Leonard's Band Club (L-Għaqda Mużikali San Leonardu)
  • St Joseph Band Club (Soċjetà Mużikali San Ġużepp Ħal Kirkop)

Zones in Ħal KirkopEdit

  • Bonu ż-Żgħir
  • Il-Għadir (The Lake)
  • Menħir Estate (Menhir Estate)
  • Tal-Aħfar
  • Tal-Ibliq
  • Tal-Fieres
  • Tar-Robba
  • Tas-Sienja

Twin villageEdit


  1. ^ "Population statistics" (PDF). Malta Government Gazette. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ Sagona, Claudia (2015). The Archaeology of Malta. Cambridge University Press. p. 311. ISBN 9781107006690.
  4. ^ "Superintendence of Cultural Property". National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Farrugia, C.J. (2004). Intietef mill-ħajja tal-Koppin marbuta ta' żminijiet ta' gwerra. Festa San Ġuzepp, Kirkop, 2004, 72-73" (PDF). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Site Officiel de la Mairie de Rousset sur Arc

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