This video tells you everything you need to know about the lovely village of Cill Locha, meaning "church of the loch", with its tree-lined main street off a lovely beach on the Lecale Way and Ulster Way walks.
You can park in the free village car-park. Walk down to the family friendly beach below the Quay, round the beautiful circular coastal ‘rope walk’ surrounding the village on the seaward side and look over to Coney Island across Killough Bay, the oyster beds and the wind surfers before walking back up the lovely tree-lined main street.
Nice Pubs, restaurant, shop and lovely environment hide an eventful and colourful history in the townland of Killough.
Killough History is the history of Ireland. From the local Irish Dál Fiatach clann (MacArtans/Dunleavys/Magennis’) adopting Christianity in 450AD, to Cathal of the Lecale branch of Dál Fiatach fighting off the Vikings in 1103, to the invasion of the Normans in 1178 with the Norman warlord de Russelle gifting the townland and village to his descendants, to the Russells marrying into local Gaelic families in the 1300 and 1400’s and becoming ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’ to avoid their expulsion from Ulster by the O’Neills, to their replacement by the English setter landlord family the Wards after the Russells rebelled in 1641 for religious freedom, though the penal law years up to Catholic Emancipation and the ‘Land Wars’ until 1903 when local people finally won the right to buy out their landlord and onwards into the modern world today. And much more. . .
The village of Killough developed rapidly in the late 1700’s when the Ward family (later having the title of ‘Lord Bangor’) developed the port and it really took off in the 1790’s during the wars with the new French Republic. By 1824 there were 2 new piers, a long one of nearly 600 ft on the Killough side and a short one of 100 ft on the Coney Island side protecting the Harbour. The village prospered and the grain merchants built their imposing houses in Castle Street and grain stores on the quays.
Killough was briefly the busiest of the seaside villages of East Down before Ardglass started to re-develop. But when the post-war depression of the 1830s it began to decline as a commercial port.
PLEASE LIKE Killough residents’ Facebook site where they are campaigning for their beach to gain ‘EU Bathing Water Status’ https://www.facebook.com/KilloughBeach?fref=ts