Kilkeel (from Irish: Cill Chaoil meaning “narrow church”) is a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is the main fishing port on the Down coast, and its harbour houses one of the largest fishing fleets in Ireland. It had a population of approx 6500 people. The town contains the ruins of a 14th-century church and fort, winding streets and terraced shops.
Kilkeel sits on a plain south of the Mourne Mountains. It stretches along the southern coast of County Down, from Carlingford Lough in the west to Annalong in the east. The town is at the foot of a river that flows southwards from the Mournes. Four miles southwest of Kilkeel is Cranfield Point, a small peninsula with a sandy beach that marks the southernmost point of the county.
As the boats come in to land their catches, small groups of residents and caravaners gather along the piers to strike a bargain, and fill their plastic bags to the full, before the main catch is landed.