Ballykelly, County Londonderry

  • Irish: Baile Uí Cheallaigh
Ballykelly village.jpg
The village centre, located on the A2
Ballykelly is located in Northern Ireland
Ballykelly shown within Northern Ireland
Population1,836 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT49
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
FireNorthern Ireland
AmbulanceNorthern Ireland
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
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Northern Ireland
County Londonderry
55°02′40″N 7°00′57″W / 55°02′40″N 7°00′57″W / 55.0445; -7.01576
Ballykelly Presbyterian Church, built 1827

Ballykelly (from Irish: Baile Uí Cheallaigh, meaning "O'Kelly's Townland"[1]) is a village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It lies 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Limavady on the main Derry to Limavady A2 road and is 15 miles (24 km) east of Derry. It is designated as a Large Village and in 2001 the population of Ballykelly (excluding Walworth) was 1,827.[2] It lies within Causeway Coast and Glens district.


Ballykelly contains some of the most interesting buildings erected in Ulster by the Plantation companies, being largely developed by the London Company of Fishmongers through the 18th and 19th centuries. It features Tamlaghtfinlagan Parish Church, built by Earl Frederick Hervey, 18th-century Bishop of Derry, amongst many traditional buildings. The Presbyterian Church, Drummond Hotel and North West Independent Hospital, were all built by the London Company of Fishmongers.[3] The village enjoys views across Lough Foyle to Inishowen in County Donegal[4] and is bordered by Ballykelly Forest which was the first State Forest in Northern Ireland. Although there are good health and educational facilities available, there is only a limited retail sector relative to the population of the village.[2]