In 1868, the parish of Kilkeel contained the following places:
"KILKEEL, a parish and post town in the barony of Mourne, county Down, province of Ulster, Ireland, 24 miles S.W. of Downpatrick, and 66 N.E. of Dublin. The parish is nearly 11 miles in length and over 6 in breadth. The surface, which is very mountainous, extends between the coast and the Mourne mountains. The land is of indifferent quality. The road from Newry to Kilkeel follows the coast. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Down, united with Kilcoo and Kilmegan. The church, built in 1815, is a Gothic building standing in the town. There area Roman Catholic and two Presbyterian chapels, and one Moravian meetinghouse. The free school, recently erected, stands in the town; there ate besides seventeen day schools and three Sunday-schools. Mourne Park is the seat of the Earl of Kilmorey. The town stands on a small stream called the Kilkeel. It is a place of little commercial importance, but numerous hands are employed in the manufacture of muslin for houses in Glasgow and Belfast. It contains a court-house, and petty sessions are held once a month; manor courts every third Friday. The dispensary is within the Kilkeel Poor-law Union, which lies wholly within the county of Down, and contains 10 electoral divisions, with 16 guardians. The poorhouse has accommodation for 390 in-door paupers. Market day is Wednesday. Fairs are held on the first Wednesday in every month for pigs and sheep."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018