Galbally, County Tyrone

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Roman Catholic Church, Galbally.

Galbally (from Irish: Gallbhuaile, meaning "stone booley")[1][2] is a hamlet and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is between Cappagh and Donaghmore. Its name was formerly spelt as Gallwolly and Gallwally.[1]

The hamlet has one pub, a convenience shop, a church and a post office with an adjoining grocery shop. The local Gaelic football team is called Galbally Pearses.

Galbally is a mostly Irish nationalist/republican area and is strongly linked to The Troubles. Many Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers came from Galbally and its hinterland. One of the 1981 hunger strikers, Martin Hurson, is from the area and is buried at St John's Church in Galbally. Also buried there are two of the Loughgall Martyrs, Declan Arthurs and Seamus Donnelly; Tony Gormley is buried in Aughnagar. Another local Loughgall Martyr, Eugene Kelly, is buried in nearby Altmore. Martin McCaughey, who was killed at Loughgall in 1990, was buried in the same plot as the Loughgall Martyrs.

Sylvia Hermon, MP for anti-republican Ulster Unionism, was born in and raised in mainly republican Galbally.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Placenames NI
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland

Coordinates: 54°32′N 6°53′W / 54.533°N 6.883°W / 54.533; -6.883