The Civil Parishes of County Derry

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Civil Parishes of County Derry

There are 45 civil parishes in county Derry. County Londonderry, also known as County Derry, is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. Adjoining the north-west shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 2,074 km² and has a population of about 247,132. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, lying within the historic province of Ulster.
The place name Derry is an anglicisation of the old Irish Daire (Modern Irish Doire), meaning "oak-grove" or "oak-wood". As with the city, its name is subject to the Derry / Londonderry name dispute, with the form "Londonderry" generally preferred by unionists and "Derry" by nationalists.
Mountsandel in Coleraine is perhaps the oldest recorded settlement within Ireland The main urban areas of county Derry are, Derry city as well as the towns of Coleraine, Magherafelt Portstewart, Maghera, Limavady and Draperstown.

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Parish

Irish Name & Meaning

1

Aghadowey

Achadh Dubhthaigh, - Duffy's field

2

Aghanloo

Áth Lú - Lú’s ford

3

Agivey

Áth Géibhe - ford of the fetter

4

Arboe

Ard Bó - height of the cows

5

Artrea

Ard Tré - Tré’s height

6

Ballinderry

Baile an Doire - townland of the oak wood

7

Ballyaghran

 

8

Ballymoney

Baile Monaidh - homestead on the peatland

9

Ballynascreen

 

10

Ballyrashane

Baile Ráth Seain -

11

Ballyscullion

Baile Uí Scuillín - Ó Scullín's townland

12

Ballywillin

13

Balteagh

 

14

Banagher

Beannchar - place of peaks

15

Bovevagh

Boith Mhéabha - Maeve’s hut or monastic cell

16

Carrick

Carraig - rock

17

Clondermot

CLAN DIARMADA - the clan of Dermot.

18

Coleraine

Cúil Rathain - nook of the ferns

19

Cumber Lower

 

20

Cumber Upper

 

21

Derryloran

 

22

Desertlyn

 

23

Desertmartin

Díseart Mhartain - hermitage of St. Martin

24

Desertoghill

 

25

Drumachose

 

26

Dunboe

 

27

Dungiven

Dún Geimhin - Gevin's fort

28

Errigal

An Earagail - possibly meaning "oratory"

29

Faughanvale

NUA-CONGVAIL - new ecclesiastical habitation

30

Kilcronaghan

Cill Chruithneacháin - Church of St. Crunathan

31

Kildollagh

 

32

Killelagh

Cill á Locha - the church of the lough

33

Killowen

Cill Eoghain - Eoghain's church

34

Kilrea

Cill Ria - possibly ‘church of the journey'

35

Learmount

 

36

Lissan

Leasán - little fort

37

Macosquin

Maigh Choscáin - Coscán’s plain

38

Maghera

Machaire Rátha - plain of the fort

39

Magherafelt

Machaire Fíolta - Fíolta’s plain

40

Magilligan

Aird Mhic Giollagáin - MacGilligan’s point

41

Tamlaght

Tamhlacht - plague burial place

42

Tamlaght Finlagan

Tamlacht Finlagan - The plague monument of St. Findluganus

43

Tamlaght O Crilly

 

44

Templemore

An Teampall Mór - The Big Church

45

Termoneeny

   - possibly 'the rock of Heaney'