Killelagh Church Of Ireland Swatragh, Maghera, Co. Derry/Londonderry
Killelagh Parish inherited its name from the old church which had previous stood.
Killelagh Old Church is associated with St. Ciarán. Its name in Irish is Cill a’ Locha, ‘the church of the lough’, from its position near the small lough of the same name nearby. Another, more fanciful, story gives the name in Irish as Cill a’ Lacha, ‘the church of the duck’. This legend tells how the holy man began to build his church on a site near Killelagh Lough but that a duck started to carry the mortar away in its beak to another location; St. Ciarán took this as a sign of God’s will and built the church where the old church now stands.
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Council: Magherafelt District Council
County Co. Derry/Londonderry