( Irish: Cill Locha )

Nestled on the beautiful south coast of County Down, the sleepy village of Killough sits across Dundrum bay from the Mountains of Mourne. The harbour was once a bustling hive of activity with a thriving export and fishing industry, but is now a quiet haven for a few local boats.

Its pretty sycamore lined main street, green spaces and coastal paths make it a pleasant place.

It also has the distinction of being the birth and burial place of Charles Sheils, as well as being the location of the first Almshouses he constructed.

Sheils Killough

Built in 1868, the Sheils buildings in Killough were the first of Charles Sheils’ institutions.

There are 24 houses in total plus the Superintendent’s residence and a Common Room.

A garden party was held on 22nd June 2018 to celebrate the fact that the Charles Sheils’ Charity in Killough has been providing a charitable service to this village and the surrounding areas for 150 years and also to celebrate the completion of a five year programme of restoration and renovation of the Killough houses.


Address: 7 Sheils’ Houses, Rossglass Road, Killough, County Down,

BT30 7QW

Telephone: 02844 260173

Superintendent’s mobile: 07514 710591