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…

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MHS Quiz on 30th March

Another enjoyable and challenging Quiz in our monthly series was held in Walsh’s Hotel on the 30th March by the Maghera Historical Society. Once again Peter Etherson set the questions to tax our knowledge. Next month’s Quiz will be the competition for the MHS annual trophy so we look forward to welcoming a large and…

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Farming Down the Years

A wonderful evening of memories and information was enjoyed by a large audience in the Heritage & Cultural Centre with the showing, by Brendan Convery, of the film ‘Farming Down the Years’. this film was made by John Thompson and followed the cycle of the corn crop from sowing to harvesting as it was done…

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Cave Hill: Lecture by Cormac Hamill

On Thursday 16th March MHS members and guests were privileged to be treated to an unique insight into the geology, archaeology, botany and history of the Cave Hill This was delivered by Cormac Hamill, broadcaster and environmental campaigner. Cormac provided a comprehensive and entertaining exploration of the Cave Hill as he led us from the…

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Poetry Evening in the Heritage and Cultural Centre

Organised by Raymond McNamee and compered by James Armour, the first poetry evening run by the Mghera Historical Society in the Heritage and Cultural Centre was a resounding success. Local poets read their work, old favourites were aired and the mood ranged from nostalgic and serious to humorous and witty. As it worked so well…

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February Quiz Night

Once again Peter Etherson stepped up to the mark to deliver a quiz to test the limits of our general knowledge! In a close fought contest the winners were Ann Brennan, Carol and Matt Collier and Clare McKendry. As Jeremy Vine might say ………..Can nobody beat these Eggheads???? Try your skill at our next quiz…

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St. Lurach. Patron saint of Maghera

The 17th of February is the feast day of St. Lurach, patron saint of Maghera. To mark the occasion Denver Boyd and Joseph McCoy gave a joint talk in the Heritage and Cultural Centre on the life of St. Lurach and the origins of the town itself – which grew up around the monastery founded…

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The Old Bleach Linen Company

Arthur Houston visited the Heritage and Cultural Centre on the 16th February 2017 to deliver a scholarly and educational talk on the historic Old Bleach Linen Company based in Randalstown. Arthur has researched the subject in great depth and his enthusiasm was evident in the work that went into the preparation for this very interesting…

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Quiz Night

Peter Etherson, our firm but fair Quizmaster presided over a quiz in Walsh’s Hotel on Thursday 26th January at 8.00pm . All the questions were prepared by Peter and the feedback was that, while the standard was suitably challenging, the topics and range of the questions were very well-judged. It is intended to run a…

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Lesser Spotted Upperlands

On 19th January 2017 David Morrow gave a beautifully illustrated lecture here in the Heritage and Cultural Centre on the subject of the flora and fauna to be found in the area of Upperlands. He drew on his deep knowledge of the subject to deliver an interesting and enjoyable talk and open our eyes to…

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