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Maghera Townlands

Maghera Townlands – Our Heritage to treasure

Maghera Townlands are very much part of who we are. They lie at the centre of life in most rural communities – and have done so since at least the 12th century. Each townland has built up its own history, traditions and stories over the years. Mostly this information lives only in the memories of the local people and was never formally written down.

With the Maghera Townlands Project, MHS Heritage & Culture set out to try to capture as much of these memories as possible before they are forgotten forever. The Project was made possible by a grant from the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) for which we are very grateful.

Invitation for you…

This is an invitation to everybody who is interested in contributing to the project to record information about their own townland. Use this handout to write something about local characters, traditions, buildings, ruins, traditional meeting places, ceili houses, folklore, historic events, names of local families. etc,. All information, no matter how small, is welcome. Everything will help to build a picture of our local Townlands for generations to come.


Upcoming Events

 HISTORY OF MAGHERA: Tale of an Ancient Town. By: Joe McCoy

 Wednesday 12th April 2017 8.00pm Heritage and Cultural Centre Admission £5 Members £3

Joe McCoy is passionate about Maghera and the long and colourful history of his home town. In this talk he shares his knowledge of Maghera’s past going back to the earliest years of the settlement.

THE PRICE OF A LOAF: Cost of living in the 19th Century. By: Denver Boyd

Thursday 20th April 2017 8.00pm Heritage and Cultural Centre Admission £5 Members £3

In this fascinating and informative talk Denver Boyd looks at the difference in the cost of everyday objects and necessities in the 19th century and how they compare with what we pay today – What was the real cost of living in those times?


Thursday 27th April 2017 8.00pm Walsh’s Hotel £5 per person

With the MHS Perpetual Trophy at stake heavy competition is expected at the Annual Quiz Night! Peter Etherson will once again act as quizmaster – putting us through our paces and testing  our knowledge.  Who will rise to the challenge and be crowned Quiz Champions of the year?


Saturday 29th 2017 Registration in the Heritage & Cultural Centre @ 10.30am. Walk starts @ 11.00am

We are asking you to join us in our sponsored walk to Swatragh and back to help fund the work of the Heritage & Cultural Centre. Our aim here in the Centre is to promote and protect the heritage and culture of Maghera and the surrounding  districts. Everyone is welcome to take part and hopefully support us while enjoying a healthy and enjoyable walk. Call in to the Centre, Tuesday to Saturday, between 10.00am and 4.00pm to collect a sponsorship form.





Genealogy Workshops



Denver Boyd, Chair of the Maghera Historical Society, presented a most enjoyable and informative talk on the subject of genealogy and researching family history on the 11th January in the Heritage and Cultural Centre . Denver’s interest in the subject stretches back over thirty years from when he first began to study the background of his own family. What started out as a hobby has grown into a full-blown obsession. Listening to Denver speak it was easy to understand the fascination of the subject –  gathering information on our forebears involves a great deal of detective work and inspiration. Studying historical documents, even those of the recent past, is not a straightforward process more akin to untangling a convoluted web than following a clear trail.

Denver’s knowledge and enthusiasm brought a sense of adventure and discovery to the exploration of family roots. Building on the success of the evening the MHS will host a series of workshops where Denver will be available to advise and guide anybody interested in tracing their personal and family history. The workshops will be held in the Heritage and Cultural Centre over the next four Wednesdays. All are welcome, so if you are interested in finding out more about who you are and where you come from we look forward to seeing you.


All workshops take place from 7 – 9pm in the Heritage and Cultural Centre: Admission £5

Wednesday 18th January

Wednesday 25th January

Wednesday 1st February

Wednesday 8th February