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Killyleagh Castle seen from Church Hill
Killyleagh is located in County Down
Location within County Down
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54°24′N 5°39′W / 54.40°N 5.65°W / 54.40; -5.65Coordinates: 54°24′N 5°39′W / 54.40°N 5.65°W / 54.40; -5.65
Killyleagh Harbour and St. John's Church
Killyleagh Castle

Killyleagh (/kɪliˈl/; from Irish: Cill Ó Laoch, meaning 'church of the descendants of Laoch')[1][2] is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the A22 road between Belfast and Downpatrick, on the western side of Strangford Lough. It had a population of 2,483 people in the 2001 Census. It is best known for its twelfth century Killyleagh Castle. Killyleagh lies within the Newry, Mourne and Down district.


Killyleagh is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2000 and 4000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,483 people living in Killyleagh. Of these:

  • 22.5% were aged under 16 years and 20.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.5% of the population were male and 50.5% were female
  • 60.4% were from a Protestant background and 37.8% were from a Catholic background
  • 4.4% of people aged 16–75 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

Places of interest[edit]


Twin town[edit]

Killyleagh is twinned with Cleveland, North Carolina, United States.

Civil parish of Killyleagh[edit]

The civil parish is mainly in the barony of Dufferin, with one townland in the barony of Castlereagh Upper. It also contains the village of Killyleagh.[5]


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Place Names NI - Home".
  2. ^ "Cill Ó Laoch/Killyleagh".
  3. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ "Admiral Blackwood". Lecale Review. 3. 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Killyleagh". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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