St. Lurach's Old Church Maghera, Co. Derry/Londonderry

 


‘Ráth Lúraigh’

Early Christian to modern period, contains grave of founder St Lúrach. Site is in state care. Catholic and Church of Ireland graves present.

The church of St. Lurach was founded by the saint in the C6th; it was plundered by Vikings & burned in 1135. From mid-C12th until 1254 it was the seat of a bishop, after which it became the parish church throughout the medieval & post-med. period. It remained in use until 1819 when a new church was built. The nave of the church may date back to C10th & the unique decorated W door with its carved lintel dates from mid-C12th. There is evidence for much alteration of window, patching & repairs. The tower was added inthe C17th as a belfry. In the graveyard is a cross-carved pillar stone, traditionally marking the site of St. Lurach's grave.

(Northern Ireland Sites & Monuments Record http://apps.ehsni.gov.uk/ambit/Details.aspx?MonID=12829)

 

 

 
St. Lurach's Old Church Maghera, Co. Derry/Londonderry