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Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis we have decided to cancel this years Agrigriculture Show. It is with a heavy heart we do so as the show has become such a huge success over the last few years and is very dear to our hearts here at MHS Heritage & Culture, however we are already planning next years show for Saturday 3rd July 2021 and intend for it to be bigger and better than ever.

In light of the ongoing lockdown we are planning a few Covid related video projects, which we are in the process of sourcing funding for.  One of the videos focuses on our Agri Show contributors. If this sounds like something you wish to be a part of or want to know more about do get in touch, although we will be contacting contributors in due course.



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Volunteer Recognition Event

Our recent Volunteer Recognition evening in Friel’s Bar Swatragh.

The  Heritage Centre wished to show all it’s volunteers their appreciation for all the many hours contributed by its members and directors.

Teresa Murphy who has recently joined the staff at the Heritage Centre was our compere for the evening and during her introductory speech thanked all the members of the organisation and said that she was delighted to be part of such an organisation that felt the Heritage & History of the area was so important in being preserved for future generations to inherit. Teresa also thanked the key players in the organisation for their innovative ideas, forward thinking, dedication, enthusiasm and commitment ensuring that the MHS Heritage & Cultural Centre remains in place for many years to come.

As a token of appreciation each of the following received a certificate and an inscribed plaque recognising the individuals contribution.
John Marquess for his expertise in the IT world, Joseph McCoy for his invaluable local historical knowledge, Pat Rafferty for his ongoing support and contribution to the organisation, Annette Rafferty for her continued support to the organisation, Jean Dunne for her continued support at front of house, Raymond McNamee for his general overall ability in organising events, Bruce Clark for his continued support since the organisations formation. Maeve O’Neill for her continued work as Editor of the Maghera Times. James Armour for his vision, hard work and enthusiasm ensuring the organisation’s sustainability since being formed in 2015.

The organisation paid special thanks to the Hutchinson Brothers who have been part of the musical scene at all our events’.


Table Quiz McKenna’s Bar Maghera

Table Quiz

McKenna’s Bar Maghera

Friday 17th January @9pm

entry £5/pp

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Maghera Culture & Heritage Ltd AGM

MHS Heritage & Culture Ltd to host their 2019 AGM.

The meeting will take place on Monday 9th December at their Coleraine road premises.

The AGM will commence at 8pm, MHS 17 Coleraine road Maghera.

Everyone Welcome!

RSVP or enquiries t: 02879642677


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First Meeting for Maghera Chamber of Commerce

Maghera Chamber of Commerce will hold their first official meeting  on Monday 11th November at 8pm in Walsh’s Hotel Maghera. The purpose of this meeting is to officially form a Chamber and appoint a chair, secretary, treasurer & committee.  If you are a business in the town or surrounding district, whether large or small please come along to the meeting on the 11th, have your voice heard and be part of the establishing of another first for Maghera.

Any queries tel:02879642677 or call in to The Hub, 7 Main Street, Maghera

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Chamber of Commerce meeting update

An open meeting took place last night of a number of representatives from local businesses in the town of Maghera. Facilitators for the meeting were John Burns and James Armour who welcomed all those who attended in particular Jimmy McCabe from the Magherafelt Chamber of Commerce. A very enthusiastic discussion ensued stating the advantages & disadvantages of having such a representative body giving a voice to the business community in the town.  After much debate it was unanimously agreed that the formation of a Chamber of Commerce for the town should take place.

A follow up meeting has been arranged for the 11th November at 8pm in Walsh’s. The purpose of this meeting is to officially form a Chamber and appoint a chair, secretary, treasurer & committee.  If you are a business in the town or surrounding district, whether large or small please come along to the meeting on the 11th, have your voice heard and be part of the establishing of another first for Maghera.

Full details and further information t:02879642677 or email

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A Chamber of Commerce for Maghera?

It has been suggested that a Chamber of Commerce be formed in Maghera to advance the interests of businesses in the town. To discuss this possibility, and investigate the advantages of establishing a Chamber of Commerce, you are invited to attend an open discussion meeting on:

Monday 21st October 2019 @8pm
The Function Room, Walsh’s Hotel Maghera

Guest Speaker from Northern Ireland Chamber.

Enquiries & RSVP: t: 02879642677 e:

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The Night Before Halloween

Music, Storytelling & Poetry with a Halloween twist. Maghera Heritage & Cultural Center are hosting the first event of their winter season programme on Wednesday 30th October at 8pm.

Friel’s Bar & Restaurant Swatragh is the place to be that evening. We have a host of talent lined up to perform on the night; there will be Story-tellers, Musicians and Poets, however the Star Attraction appearing on the night will be the “Wee Man from the Moy” Ian Coulter. Ian is a well known comedian and storyteller who will entertain his audience with quick witted stories, jokes and every day happenings from around the country. A night’s entertainment not to be missed!!!!
Admission to this event is free! Light refreshments will be served on the night, with a major raffle to follow.

Further details are available from the Heritage Centre Maghera. Tel:02879642677

Halloween 2019


Press & Sponsors Night Maghera Agri-Show & Country Fayre


Press, Sponsors & Supporters Evening

The officers and members of Maghera Agri-Show and Country Fayre are pleased to announce a major sponsor for their 2nd annual show this year on 5th August to be held in the Show Field on the Mullagh Road Maghera , by kind permission of the Presbyterian Church and William Paul. The change of venue has been prompted by the expansion of the show this year to include an additional 80 classes for Horses,  Ponies and Sheep and also the interest shown by the Agri-Businesses from throughout the Province.  The Home Produce, Arts & Crafts and Photography sections have been revamped to suit everyone who is interested in displaying their produce at the show.

Cunningham Covers Maghera and Naas Co Kildare, have very kindly offered to sponsor the prize fund in support of the Equestrian Section of the show. We are delighted to have Cunningham Covers on board this year and it is comforting for the organisers to know that Gordon  and his team  have the vision and  understanding that an Agriculture Show and Country Fayre is necessary  and essential  for the town, not only for the Agriculture community but for all of the community locally and further afield. With sponsors’ support and voluntary helpers the show will remain in the town and on the events calendar for many years to come.

A highlight of the show this year is the Open Championship & Novice Working Hunter Horse Classes carrying a prize fund of £1000 and a perpetual Trophy to the overall champion Working Hunter. The introduction of the Sheep section at the request of a number of the local sheep breeders was added to the schedule this year. This section is very kindly sponsored by The Northern Co-op, Swatragh Livestock Mart.  A range of weight classes for Mares, Foals and Riding Horses together with a number of Pony classes for the young riders is scheduled to take place. The Clydesdale Horse section featuring a Riding class is always a spectacular sight for the visitors. All Equestrian sections have  with them  very inviting prize money for the class winners.  The vintage section again this year will be much bigger with a prize fund of £100 for the most original exhibit.  A variety of trade stalls have already booked their places all of whom are making a return visit having enjoyed their time with us last year. We invite all types of businesses from the area and further afield to come along and use our show as a marketing  platform  for their product.

We thank all the volunteers who helped make the show a success last year.  Please come along this year and be part of our team.  We appreciated all the financial support from the sponsors in 2016 and trust that you will return this year. The show will be a fun day out for all the family with lots of entertainment and interests for the children and parents alike, so please come along and support us on the day and help us build on the success of the 2016 show.  Further details are available by contacting  the Secretary Carol Collier on 028 79549835 or 075 68548752 or James Armour (snr) 028 79549835, Mob 00353876954944. Schedules will be available to download from our website  and  available on facebook page, maghera agri show2017. Or drop into the Heritage Centre at 17 Coleraine Road.

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Sponsored Walk: Swatragh and Back

IMG_0468Swatragh And Back! That was the Sponsored- Walk-Challenge to raise funds for the  Maghera Historical Society. The event was a great success with just under £1,000 raised on the day. Special thanks to Jean Dunne for organising it all so well and we are very grateful to all our sponsors and everybody who supported us. This was an amazing result and far surpassed all our expectations – so congratulations all round!