Maghera Parish, County Derry
Ir. Machaire Rátha [maghera raha] ‘plain of the fort’.
Town is 10.5km NW of Magherafelt
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].
Historical name form
- Parish in 1851
- Place name ID
- Place name type