Swatragh

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Swatragh
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Swatragh Church of Ireland
Swatragh is located in Northern Ireland
Swatragh
Swatragh shown within Northern Ireland
Population 535 (2001 Census)
• Belfast 43 mi (69 km)
District
County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MAGHERA
Postcode district BT46
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
County Londonderry
54°54′27″N 6°40′02″W / 54.9075°N 06.66722°W / 54.9075; -06.66722Coordinates: 54°54′27″N 6°40′02″W / 54.9075°N 06.66722°W / 54.9075; -06.66722

Swatragh (from Irish: an Suaitreach, meaning "billeted soldier")[1][2][3] is a small village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Swatragh is on the main A29 road north of Maghera, and is situated within Mid-Ulster District. The population was 435 in the 2001 Census.

The village has three churches: one Roman Catholic, one Church of Ireland, and one Presbyterian. The Catholic and Church of Ireland churches are listed buildings. St John's is the local primary school.

Swatragh's name in Irish, an Suaitreach, is derived from a shortened form of Baile an tSuaitrigh meaning "townland of the billeted soldier".

Sport

Swatragh is home to Michael Davitt Gaelic Athletic Club. Several of the club's Gaelic football players have represented Derry GAA.

People

References

  1. ^ Placenames NI: Swatragh
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Swatragh
  3. ^ Dictionary definition of Swatragh
  • NI Neighbourhood Information Service
  • Draft Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
  • Culture Northern Ireland
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