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Cill Cheallaigh
Kilkelly is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°52′00″N 8°51′00″W / 53.8667°N 8.8500°W / 53.8667; -8.8500Coordinates: 53°52′00″N 8°51′00″W / 53.8667°N 8.8500°W / 53.8667; -8.8500
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 77 m (253 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 372
 • Rural 839
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M441911

Kilkelly (Irish: Cill Cheallaigh) is a village in Kilmovee parish County Mayo, Ireland. It is just south of Ireland West Airport Knock, lying between the Airport and the town of Knock itself. The village is along the N17, a national primary road running between Galway and Sligo.

Kilkelly, Co. Mayo.

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.[1][2] 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.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Kilkelly". Mayo Ireland Ltd. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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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