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An Cheathrú Chaol
Kerrykeel is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°08′19″N 7°39′46″W / 55.138731°N 7.662792°W / 55.138731; -7.662792Coordinates: 55°08′19″N 7°39′46″W / 55.138731°N 7.662792°W / 55.138731; -7.662792
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
Area code(s)074, +353 74
Irish Grid ReferenceB847228

Kerrykeel (Irish: An Cheathrú Chaol, meaning "The Narrow Quarter")[2] is a small village in County Donegal, Ireland. It lies between Knockalla Mountain[3] and Ranny Hill and is on the shores of Mulroy Bay.[4] Kerrykeel is accessible via the R245[5] and R247 roads which converge in the centre of the village. Kerrykeel is also in close to the tourist area of Portsalon. Portsalon serves as the gateway to the Fanad Peninsula.[citation needed]


Amenities include Saint Colmcille primary school, a Garda station, Roman Catholic and Presbyterian churches, a post office, a grocery shop, butchers, and several takeaways and restaurants.[citation needed]

Every Saturday morning the Kerrykeel Country Market takes place.[6] During the summer period Kerrykeel sees an increase of tourists, with some staying at Rockhill Holiday and Adventure Park, or in holiday rental homes in the area.[citation needed]

A 'Tidy Towns' committee was set up with the vision of improving the overall look of the village.[7] This has included the addition of seasonal flower beds, green areas along the roads leading into the village and improvements to the pier and lay-by along the Milford to Kerrykeel road.[citation needed]

In 2013, Kerrykeel was mistakenly named the 'Crime Capital Of Ireland' after a computer glitch at the Central Statistics Office. With a population of just over 400 people, Kerrykeel was said to have an increase in sexual assaults, burglaries and theft. Later the CSO stated that Kerrykeel was mixed up with Kevin Street. The error was later rectified.[8]



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  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Carrowkeel". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "An Cheathrú Chaol/Kerrykeel". Placenames Database of Ireland ( Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  3. ^ PATRICK ŻERKOWSKI (2014-12-01), KNOCKALLA MOUNTAIN, retrieved 2019-06-22
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  5. ^,-7.6968778,14.28z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x485ff6f90a096913:0x46d62e6e0db2ebf9!8m2!3d55.1250523!4d-7.6808787/
  6. ^ "Kerrykeel Country Market". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  7. ^ "Kerrykeel Tidy Towns". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  8. ^ "Donegal village accidently [sic] named 'crime black spot'". 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2019-04-19.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kerrykeel at Wikimedia Commons