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Killawalla

in Mayo in the West of Ireland

Also known as 'Killavally', an Anglicisation of the Irish 'Coill A Bhaile' meaning 'Wood of the Road or Pass', the village nestles in the foothills of the Partry Mountains, on the (R330) Westport to Ballinrobe road, approx 10 km from Westport.

Attractive locally crafted signs now mark nearby townlands adding to the feeling of history.

Seán na Sagart (real name John Maloney) was a legendary priest hunter who frequented the valley in penal times.

He collected a bounty for every priest's head collected, which he then tossed into Lough Na gCeann 'the Lake of the Heads'.

His last journey was through Killawalla and he is buried at Ballintubber Abbey where a large tree marks his grave to this day.