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Maghera Parish, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Machaire Rátha [maghera raha] ‘plain of the fort’.

Background

Town is 10.5km NW of Magherafelt

bar: Loughinsholin

An earlier name for the parish of Maghera was Ráth Lúraigh [rah looree] ‘Lúrach’s fort’,

Lúrach son of Cuanu being a sixth-century saint who was patron of the parish. St Lúrach is said to be buried in the graveyard of the medieval parish church, the ruins of which stand in the townland of LARGANTOGHER in the middle of the town [(Fergus) Rátha Lúiricch 814].

References

Additional Information

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Barony
Loughinsholin
Parish
Maghera
Parish in 1851
Maghera
Townland
None
Place name ID
2064
Place name type
P