Ballyburke Graveyard

Ballyburke Cemetery

Original church site and burial ground for unbaptised infants and famine victims.

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Old Mill

Old Mill

Ruins of the old Mill, never used because of fighting between two landlords.

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R.I.C. Barrack

RIC Barrack

Historically significant, Royal Irish Constabulary Barrack, situated in the village of Kinuary.

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Goat Hotel

Goat otel

The Goat Hotel, feaatured in song, story and myth,once situated in Drimneen area

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Welcome to Killawalla on line

Who are we?

Killawalla, nestled in the outstretched arms of the Partry mountains, stands as a witness to a long history of song and story; of livings etched out from back breaking soil and determined minds; of families connected with loved ones across the sea and continents and newcomers who discovered our unspoiled rugged beauty..

Our villages with their Irish names, have their own rich histories, steeped in the past, grounded in the present and hopeful for the future. Our ruins speak of the dead, the emigrated and the famine-stricken.

Our stone walls and fences speak of an ancient craft that is ever new as they sweep down hillsides, along the hedges and become companions to our byways. Every field has a name; every home a story; every road an adeventure and every person a lifetime of experience.

Killawalla or Killavally (Irish Coill an Bhaile: Wood of the Homestead) is a village located on the Westport to Ballinrobe road (R330) about 7 miles (10 km) from Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland.

Saint Patrick is alleged to have passed this way en route to Croagh Patrick, and accordingly the local Catholic church is named after him. The village also contains a primary school, a post office and a pub. Killawalla is part of the parish of Carnacon and Ballintubber. Research carried out by NUI Maynooth showed Killawalla to have sustained the biggest population loss of any village in Ireland during the Great Famine. Between 1841 and 1851 the village lost two thirds of its population. Killawalla is also home to Pollatoomary cave, the deepest explored underwater cave in the British Isles. The cave was explored to a depth of 103m by Artur Kozlowski on the 5-6 June 2008. The entrance to the cave is located in the townland of Ballyburke on private land

 

Killawalla YouTube ChannelKillawalla YouTube Channel

Welcome to Killawalla YouTube Channel.  Sit by Killawalla Lake and enjoy the natural quiet with only the sounds of the waves, the looing of the cattle, the distinctive call of the swans and the changing cloud formations.

Watch the "Thresher" in action where the "meitheal" of locals gather for the "  Threshing of the oats. "Listen to the hungry belly as it swallows the sheaves and returns the oats, chaff and straw.

Pause to watch the silage making - the cutting of the silage and the baling of it for winter fodder.  We have come a long way from the back-breaking and often frustrating chore of "saving the hay."

Join us on a journey around the roads that lead to Killawalla. Travel through Killadeer, Bohaun, Kinuary, Cullintra and many more places as we take Dash Cam video tours of our area.

Also, you may wish to check out other videos about Killawalla that have been uploaded to YouTube some time ago. You will find them ,  by  searching for "Killawalla,"

In the future, many more videos will be added to the Killawalla Channel

 

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