Kilkelly is named after St. Ceallach who was buried here in or around the 6th century. Local places of interest include the beautifully restored Old Graveyard situated in the town, passage forts in Culmore, and Urlaur Abbey.
Situated beside the beautiful Lake Urlaur this Dominican Abbey was founded in 1434, but was destroyed by Cromwellian soldiers in 1654.
Kilkelly has a good selection of shops including a chemist, supermarkets, post office, and hardware. The pubs are lively and many have nightly music sessions.
The Community Centre in Kilkelly was formerly the National School in the town and is a huge asset to the local populace.
Different Community groups meet and classes in various subjects are held in the Centre during the course of the year.
The local people are friendly and welcoming, making Kilkelly an ideal place to visit.