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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.

Past Events

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!



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MHS Perpetual Trophy Quiz

IMG_0457The Maghera Historical Society Perpetual Trophy Quiz took place last Thursday 27th April, in Walsh’s Hotel. Joint winners on the night were tables 6 and 7. Sinead Kelly, Eugene Kelly, Brian Kielt, Peter Convery on table 6 and Emma Stewart, George Stewart, Noel Stewart and Matthew Stewart on table 7. Congratulations to the winners!!! James Armour stood in on the night for regular Quizmaster Peter Etherson and presented the trophy to Sinead Kelly and Emma Stewart representing their team.


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The Price of a Loaf: Denver Boyd

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On Wednesday 12th of April 2017, Denver Boyd gave a talk on ‘The Price of a Loaf’ which was a brief explanation of the origin in circulation from 1780 to 1837. The opportunity was afforded for the audience to handle the types of coinage in circulation to give them an idea of what they might have encountered if they had been in the South Derry area 200 years ago and, of coredurse, the purchasing power of that coinage was discussed. At the end of the talk various members of the audience expressed how interesting they found the talk and many questions were asked and answered. of coinage, a precis of Irish coinage up to the 1780s and a more in depth discussion of the official coinage and the token coins in circulation from 1780 to 1837. The opportunity was afforded for the audience to handle the types of coinage in circulation to give them an idea of what they might have encountered if they had been in the South Derry area 200 years ago and, of coredurse, the purchasing power of that coinage was discussed. At the end of the talk various members of the audience expressed how interesting they found the talk and many questions were asked and answered.

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MHS Quiz on 30th March

Quiz 1Another 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 competitive audience.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st: Anne Brennan, Eugene Brennan, Claire McKendry, Frank McKendry, Veronica McKendry.

2nd: Mary Heaney, Dan Heaney, Geraldine O’Kane, Gerry O’Kane, Matthew O’Kane

3rd: Colm Bradley, Brian Kielt, Brian Devlin, Brendan O’Connor

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Farming Down the Years

RAYMOND POSTERA 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 in the era before combines. Local farmer Raymond McNamee allowed the work to be carried on over a year. His brother, Michael McNamee, together with Tommie Doherty worked on the film. Both men have sadly passed away since and the evening was held in their memory.

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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 and everybody enjoyed it so much it has been decided to run a similar event in May so keep an eye out for the dIMG_2559ate.

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Poem Title                               Author                          Reciter


The Grassed Market;             Miller Kane           Raymond McNamee



The Lake Isle of Innishfree;  WB Yeats               Caroline O’Doherty

Digging                                  Seamus Heaney                  “

Mid- Term Break                   Seamus Heaney                   “



Mayogall Asses                      Miller Kane            Patricia Brodrick

Tamlaght O’Crilly                  Harry Armstrong                 “



The Moneysharvin Ball           Mick McAtamney    Peter Etherson

Donnellys Mill                         Mick McAtamney              “


Young Toms Creamery Can     Roy & Eliz Shiels     George Shiels

The Night The Auld Doll Died George Shiels                    “

Well Done My Son                    George Shiels                   “


Tom Gray’s Dream                  Retta Brown              Raymond McNamee

The Volunteer Organist           Gray & Lamb                           “


The Village where I was Born  Barney O’Kane         Joe McCoy

The Rowan Tree                                   “                              “


Drumnacannon bridge               Harry Armstrong      James Armour

The Arab Orange Lodge            Crawford Howard              “


The Cremation of Sam Magee   R W Service            Raymond McNamee

Fair Maiden                                PJ McMenamin                      “


Marquess of Queensbury Rules  Francie Kielt           Barney Kielt

Caskey’s Downfall                               “                               “


Green Eye of little Yellow God   Milton Hayes          Raymond McNamee

Me an Me Da                               WF Marshall           Raymond McNamee


The Master                                  Anne Brennan          Anne Brennan

Station Breakfast                                   “                                “


The Diagonal Steam Trap           Crawford Howard    Raymond McNamee

St Patrick & the Snakes                             “                               “


The Council & the Peacock        Francie Kielt             Barney Kielt

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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 coming up in March.Quiz 2

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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 by the saint. IMG_0917

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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 Quiz Night every month to act as a fund-raiser for the Society as well as being an enjoyable social evening for everybody attending.

Congratulations to the winners: Ann Brennan, Carol and Matt Collier, Clare, Frank and Veronica McKendry.