Limavady’s poor remembered
Thursday, 16 March 2017
ALMOST 100 people gathered at the site of the Pauper's Grave on Scroggy Road last Friday, for a memorial service marking the 175th anniversary of the Limavady Newtown Workhouse.
Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) took over the old workhouse building in 1998. Every year since then, they have held a small remembrance ceremony commemorating those who died in the workhouse.
Newtown Limavady Poor Law Union was formally declared on September 21 1839. It covered an area of 235 square miles, representing the 19 electoral divisions of Aghanloo, Ballykelly, Ballarena, Benone, Drum, Dungiven, Faughanvale, Feeny, ForeGlen, Fruit Hill, Gelvin, Glaneshane, The Highlands, Keady, Lislane, Myroe, Newtown Limavady, Owenreagh and Straw.
Joanne Kinnear, manager at LCDI, introduced the ceremony and a service was led by Canon Sam McVeigh.
Bryan McWilliams played the lament on the bagpipes and the Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough was represented by Councillor Boyd Douglas.
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