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Maghera - Derry - Lower Main St

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Maghera - Derry - Lower Main St

Maghera (from the Irish: Machaire Rátha meaning 'Plain of the ring-fort') is a large village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Its population was 2,876 in 1991 and had risen to 3,711 people in the 2001 Census. It lies within the Magherafelt District Council area. It provides the local commercial centre for the surrounding villages of Swatragh, Tobermore, Upperlands, Gulladuff and Knockcloghrim.

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  • County: Derry / Londonderry
  • Town: Maghera
  • Scene: Lower Main St
  • Date: circa 1950

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  • Read about Maghera below

Maghera

Maghera (from the Irish: Machaire Rátha meaning 'Plain of the ring-fort') is a large village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Its population was 2,876 in 1991 and had risen to 3,711 people in the 2001 Census. It lies within the Magherafelt District Council area. It provides the local commercial centre for the surrounding villages of Swatragh, Tobermore, Upperlands, Gulladuff and Knockcloghrim. The town is also the educational centre for the surrounding area and St. Patrick's is one of the largest schools in Mid-Ulster. The Slaughtneil / Carntogher area around the town is unique for being the only rural community in Ireland where the majority of primary school children are educated through the Irish language.

Places of interest

Notable buildings in Maghera include St. Lurach's Church, which was founded in the year 500AD, originally as a monastery. The village of Maghera grew up around this church. The importance of the monastery was such that Maghera was a Bishop's seat in the 12th century and 13th century. However the Church was allowed to fall into disrepair and is now a roofless ruin. Within the ruins, as an insert to the west wall is a sculpture of the crucifixion, which is thought to date from the 10th century - making it one of the oldest in Ireland.

People

  • Maghera is the birthplace of Charles Thomson, who emigrated to the United States where he became secretary of the Continental Congress. Thomson designed the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Another famous person born in Maghera who later moved to the United States is the children's author Eve Bunting.
  • Robert Hawthorne who won a Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny was from the town.
  • Maghera was the birth place of the noted theologian Dr Henry Cooke. A statue of Cooke called the 'Black Man' stands outside Royal Belfast Academical Institution in Belfast.

Sport

  • The local Gaelic football club is Watty Graham's Gaelic Athletic Club.
  • The local soccer team is Maghera Strollers F.C.

2001 Census

Maghera is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 3,711 people living in Maghera. Of these:

  • 28.6 were aged under 16 years and 13.3 were aged 60 and over
  • 49.3 of the population were male and 50.7 were female
  • 72.4 were from a Catholic background and 27.1 were from a Protestant background
  • 3.9 of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

 


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