Information about Killery Bay

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Killery Bay
Irish Form of Name:
Caol Shaile Ruadh
narrow red salt water
Civil Parish:
Ballynakill in the barony of Ballynahinch
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Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Caol Shaile Ruadh
Killery Harbor Inhabitants
Killery Bay Inhabitants
The Killery is an arm of the sea which runs almost in a straight line due East. It is about ten miles long and from a quarter to a half mile wide. Its depth gradually varies from 100 feet at its mouth to 50 feet and less to its extremity at high water, which generally falls 20 or 30 feet. It has a smooth sandy bottom, with often times great shoals of herrings, cod, ling and salmon, the latter in great abundance. It receives several rapid streams from the stupendous mountains which on each side overlook it and R. Assaruoy from the Co. Mayo at its E. end.
Situated in the N.E. part of the parish. It is bounded on the S. side by the townlands of Ross Roe, Foher, Bunowen, Tullyconner and Derrynacleigha, and on the N. side by the County Mayo. The parish of Ross also bounds it for about 2 miles on the S. side to its eastern extremity.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Kill alone is the name of more than a score of places in various counties: in most cases it stands for cill, a church: but in some it is for coill, a wood.

Townland Information

What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Killery Bay is in Derrynacleigh townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Killery Bay
Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service