Killala, from the Irish meaning “the mottled church”, is a picturesque seaside village six and a half miles north-west of Ballina in north Mayo.
In August of 1798 General Humbert arrived into Kilcummin pier from France and combined with the Irish forces against the English forces in the area.
Killala has become a popular location for the history enthusiasts and was used as a major location for the 1981 multi-million-pound film “The Year of the French”.
Killala’s skyline is dominated by a round tower, dating to the 12th century, a testament to the historic distinction of the village as an ecclesiastical centre.
The area is rich in archaeological remains, such as Rosserk Abbey, a 15th century Franciscan Friary and Rathfran Abbey, a 13th century Dominican Priory.
You can also take in a spot of bird-watching or seal-spotting, with birds such as cormorants, gulls, and Brent geese common in the area.
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