Kilcoo, County Down

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Kilcoo is located in County Down
Location within County Down
Population1,415 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWRY
Postcode districtBT
Dialling code028
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°13′55″N 6°01′44″W / 54.232°N 6.029°W / 54.232; -6.029Coordinates: 54°13′55″N 6°01′44″W / 54.232°N 6.029°W / 54.232; -6.029
Kilcoo, County Down

Kilcoo (from Irish: Cill Chua, meaning "church of mourning" – from the legend that Saint Patrick's body stayed there while on its way to Downpatrick to be buried)[1] is a small village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies between Rathfriland and Castlewellan and is within the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. Kilcoo had a population 1415 people in the 2001 Census.

Places of interest[edit]

Near Kilcoo is Lough Island Reavy, a small man-made lough. East of the lough is Drumena Cashel, a stone ringfort that was used in the Early Christian period (500–1200 AD).


Saint Malachy's Primary School is a mixed gender school for students between the age of 4 and 11. It was opened in September 1970.


The village has one sporting club, Kilcoo GAC. This a Gaelic Athletic Association club with teams in Gaelic football and Camogie.

2001 Census[edit]

Kilcoo is classified as a rural settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) . Kilcoo is named as Tollymore Ward SOA 1 (Super Output Area) as the data contains the village itself and surrounding townlands of the village. On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1415 people living in the Kilcoo area. Of these:

  • 29.6% were under 16 years old and 12.2% were aged 60 and above
  • 53.1% of the population were male and 46.9% were female
  • 99.6% were from a Catholic Community Background and 0.4% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' Community Background.
  • 1.1% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

Civil parish of Kilcoo[edit]

The civil parish is mainly in the historic barony) of Iveagh Upper, Lower Half with one townland in Iveagh Upper, Upper Half.[2]


Clonachullion (Clanawhillan), Kilcoo, County Down

The civil parish contains the following townlands:[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ a b "Kilcoo". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 20 May 2015.