Baile an Sceilg

The Priory, Ballinskelligs

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 51°49′33″N 10°16′20″W / 51.825885°N 10.272217°W / 51.825885; -10.272217Coordinates: 51°49′33″N 10°16′20″W / 51.825885°N 10.272217°W / 51.825885; -10.272217
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
Population (2011)
  Total 375 (parish)
Irish Grid Reference V429657
Official name: Baile an Sceilg

Ballinskelligs, officially Baile an Sceilg (Irish for "Place (village) of the craggy rock"),[1][2] is a Gaeltacht village in the south-west of the Iveragh peninsula (Uíbh Ráthach) in County Kerry, Ireland. The townland is in the Civil Parish of Prior and the Poor law union of Cahersiveen.

The rock(s) referred to in the village's Irish name are the Skellig IslandsSkellig Michael and Little Skellig—an ancient monastic colony which lies off the coast from Ballinskellings. The town is also the site of a beach, the ruins of Ballinskelligs Priory of Augustinian Canons Regular, and the remains of Ballinskelligs Castle.[3]


  1. Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. Deidre Flanagan et al.: Irish Place Names, Gill & Macmillan, 1994, ISBN 0-7171-2066-X, p. 172
  3. Lord Killanin and Michael V. Duignan: The Shell Guide to Ireland, Ebury Press, London 1967, p. 86

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