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Cill Dealga
Kildalkey is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°34′13″N 6°54′11″W / 53.5703°N 6.9031°W / 53.5703; -6.9031Coordinates: 53°34′13″N 6°54′11″W / 53.5703°N 6.9031°W / 53.5703; -6.9031
CountyCounty Meath
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN724586
Kildalkey is also the name of a headland on Heard Island in the Australian Antarctic

Kildalkey or Kildalky (Irish: Cill Dealga, meaning "Dealga's church") is a village and a parish in the Barony of Lune, county and diocese of Meath, Ireland.


The population of the village was 137 at the time of the 1996 Census. By the 2002 Census the village had a massive 278% growth to 518. The population recorded from the 2011 Census shows Kildalkey has a population of 663, a 28% increase from 2006.[1]The census of 2016 showed a further rise in the population to 708.


The patron saint is Saint Dymphna, to whom the Catholic church is dedicated. Designed by the architect W H Byrne, it was consecrated in 1898. The Protestant church, by the architect Joseph Welland (1798-1860), was consecrated in 1856 and was situated at Rathcormick, 2 miles west of the village. It was demolished in the 1960s. Christianity came to Kildalkey in the 5th century when St Mo-Luog founded a monastery there and the parish is mentioned in the Book of Kells. A section of the Pale runs through the parish.

A castle (or tower-house) dating from c.1430, which was built by the Nugent family, is at Moyrath. There are twenty-one townlands, all of which are listed with their residents in Griffith's Valuation of 1854. These are: Balaghtalion, Ballynadrimna, Baskinagh Lower, Baskinagh Upper, Cloncarneel, Clonmore, Clonylogan, Corballis, Kildalkey Town, Lady Island, Moat Town, Moyrath, Neillstown, Portanab, Pubblestown, Rathcormick, Rathkeena, Shanco, Woodtown Abbot and Woodtown West.[2] The following families are historically associated with the parish: Barnewall, Nangle, Nugent, and Potterton. The principal landlords in the parish were the Earls of Darnley although Speaker William Conolly and later Henry Grattan held Moyrath.


As of 2016 there is only a primary school in Kildalkey, meaning children have to go to the next towns of Athboy and Trim or further afield to attend secondary school. The primary school is on the main street of Kildalkey and is split into two buildings, informally dubbed 'School One' and 'School Two'.

External links[edit]

  • Link to Griffith's Valuation for Kildalkey [1]
  • Link to map and pictures [2]
  • Link to Kildalkey Hurling & Camogie Club [3]


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S Lewis, 'A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland' (1837), vol 2, p. 79; O Falsey, 'Kildalkey: a Parish History' (2001); H Potterton, 'Rathcormick: a childhood recalled' (2001); H Potterton, 'Potterton People and Places: three centuries of an Irish family' (2006).