Downpatrick Head sea stack near The Old Deanery Cottages, Killala, on the Wild Atlantic Way.Self catering accommodation on the Wild Atlantic Way.Joe Keane Creative Centre, part of The Old Deanery Cottages, Killala, on the Wild Atlantic Way.Boats at Killala Pier, near The Old Deanery Cottages, Killala, on the Wild Atlantic Way.Bedroom in the Old Deanery Cottages, Killala, on the Wild Atlantic Way.Beach view near the Old Deanery Cottages, Killala, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Dear visitor,

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe. We want you to enjoy a stress-free stay with us at the Old Deanery Holiday Cottages when we re-open on June 29, 2020.

To keep you and our team safe, we are adhering strictly to HSE guidelines, and best practice from Bord Fáilte and ISCF, on how to safely manage the cottages and surrounding green areas on our lovely coastal site. Our rural coastal location is a real bonus when we have to practice social distancing. You are our priority from the moment you book, and we will do our absolute best to ensure that you have a wonderful time here with us!

All our staff will have completed Covid-19 Health and Safety training before we open on July 20 and will be briefed / updated on current HSE guidelines as necessary. We will have steps in place in the unlikely event that a case is identified on site. All our staff will temperature-check before each shift and will hand-sanitise or handwash before and after every interaction with clients, or in cottages.

Staff and guests will be expected to practice social distancing at all times on site.

Booking your stay

  • Bookings to be made online and pre-paid by credit / debit card.
  • Cash bookings / payment on arrival is no longer possible.
  • Maximum guest numbers: 7 in the 4 larger cottages, 6 in the 4 smaller ones.

Before your arrival

  • Please follow HSE guidelines on safe travel and social distancing on your journey.
  • We will arrange a location for a safe key collection / return.
  • The key will be disinfected before/afterwards.
  • Your cottage will be deep cleaned before your arrival (see below for details)

While you’re here

  • Arrival is strictly after 4pm, and check out by 10am, to allow for deep cleaning of your cottage.
  • We’re happy to meet you, but no handshakes (or hugs for returning guests) – sorry!
  • Sanitiser will be available outside your cottage door.
  • Each cottage will have a welcome pack with sanitizer, wipes and gloves.
  • First time visitors: on your arrival, a member of staff will show you around the cottage and run through standard procedures, and again when you are leaving. Otherwise all interactions will be outdoors, by phone or social media.
  • We are still happy to offer information on local sites, events, attractions, but as much as possible by phone, social media, website or physical distancing.


Cleaning your cottage


  • All hard surfaces will be disinfected
  • Cutlery/crockery/pots/glasses etc. will be washed thoroughly
  • All kitchen appliances will be disinfected
  • Suitable cleaning supplies will be available in each cottage

Living Room

  • All hard surfaces will be disinfected
  • Cushion covers/ throws will be washed before each visit
  • All stair rails will be disinfected


  • All bedrooms & bathrooms will be deep cleaned before arrival
  • All door handles/handrails/wardrobe handles/ light switches will be disinfected
  • All linen & towels will be boil washed before each visit
  • All hard surfaces will be disinfected

There will be signage in the cottages and around the site to remind guests about social distancing, hand washing and symptoms of Covid-19.


Our Accommodation

Old Deanery Cottages, Killala.

The Old Deanery Cottages & Joe Keane Creative Centre are 8 award-winning, 4-star self-catering cottages.

A bedroom at the Old Deanery Cottages, Killala.

These stylish yet traditional Irish holiday homes with cosy turf fire come in two sizes – Type A sleeps 7, and Type B sleeps 6. Each cottage has a double & twin/single room downstairs sharing a bathroom & WC. Upstairs dormer twin/triple with en-suite shower room. They face onto gorgeous Killala Bay, yet are only a couple of minute’s walk from the supermarket, pubs, restaurant, garage etc.



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Special Offers 

3/4 night Zero Waste Activity Breaks for families and groups
There are no excuses for boredom when you’re on a short break here at the Old Deanery – we’ve activities to suit all ages – and energy levels! Immerse yourselves in the beauty, wildness and freedom of the north Mayo coast and enjoy a sustainable break with family or friends. We aim to help our beautiful earth as much as possible with our Zero Waste policy… we’re not perfect, but we’re trying to leave nothing behind but our footprints!

Visit a deserted island and go on a cockle hunt with wild food forager, Denis, meet the hens who lay the eggs for your Zero Waste/Delicious Taste breakfast basket (pancake mix included!), enjoy a fun and relaxing yoga and meditation class for the whole family with Aideen, our chilled out happy yogi, make a mess making art and kites using recycled/recyclable materials with visual artist Una, and hop on your bikes and explore the Greenway with our full day bike hire from Killala Bike Hire.

Make happy holiday memories AND be kind to the environment this summer when you and your mates enjoy a 3/4 night break this summer. Get close to the edge on a wild cliff walk or enjoy a gentler Slow Tour of North Mayo with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours, get energised with a morning Vinyasa yoga class, unwind and relax with a calming evening Savasana and meditation, recharge your creativity with a fun and challenging experimental drawing workshop – no talent required! kick back one evening and enjoy a 7 course foraged feast prepared and served in the luxury of your own cottage (we clean up as well) and offset that lazy living with a day’s biking along some very interesting local, coastal routes!

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Sea angling on the Wild Atlantic Way.

There is something for everyone when you stay at the Old Deanery – sea swimming in the Atlantic, sea trout fishing, deep sea angling and Ross Blue Flag Beach is only 2 miles away. Check out our amazing diving, coasteering and surfing spots, and wild food coastal foraging is a family favourite. Come and explore our incredible hidden beaches, wild cliffs, a wealth of heritage/historical sites. Guided tours and bike hire are available. Bring the clubs and try one of our amazing golf links and courses within an hour’s drive.

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Joe Keane Creative Centre

Yoga Classes at the Joe Keane Creative Centre at Old Deanery Cottages, Killala.

The Joe Keane Creative Centre is a great spot for family gatherings, group get-togethers, readings, music events, charity gigs and more. Only a few steps from the cottages, the centre can be hired on a hourly/daily/weekend rate. Drop in yoga classes with Aideen from Wild Atlantic Yoga currently take place on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings – 9.30am Saturday and 7.30pm Tuesdays.

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The Old Deanery Holiday Cottages in Mayo Ireland

Our traditional Irish holiday homes – on the Wild Atlantic Way – are nestled in the shadow of Killala’s 12th century Round Tower and overlook the beautifully wild Killala Bay in Mayo Ireland. The Old Deanery Cottages offer a traditional holiday with all the comforts of modern living. We have 8 holiday cottages to choose from.

We are only 40 minutes from Knock Ireland West Airport, with daily direct flights from London, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Dublin, as well as locations in France, Germany, Spain.

Car hire can be booked online.

Find us in Killala

Contact Liz and Tony at:

The Old Deanery Holiday Cottages:

Killala Mayo Ireland


Telephone: +353 96 32221

Mobile: +353 86 3451960