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Coordinates: 55°03′00″N 6°39′00″W / 55.050°N 6.650°W / 55.050; -6.650

Irish: Gleann an Iolar
Glenullin is located in Northern Ireland
 Glenullin shown within Northern Ireland
    - Belfast  50 miles 
District Coleraine Borough
County County Londonderry
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Coleraine
Postcode district BT51
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
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Glenullin is a rural area centred on a valley between the villages of Garvagh, Swatragh and Dungiven, and lies in the borough of Coleraine, Northern Ireland. The nearest city is Derry which is 27 miles away. 'The Glen', as it is often known, is not an officially recognised administrative division but there is a strong local identity and an active community sector. Although the area has few amenities, the local Primary school, St Patrick's & St Joseph's Federated Primary School,[1][2] and St Joseph's Catholic Church have particular prominence in the life of Glenullin.


In the basin of the valley there is an ombrotrophic raised bog which, having suffered severe ecological damage by commercial peat extraction in 1994, is not a protected site. Much of Glenullin bog that remains today would have been familiar to the different cultures that have populated the valley, including the pre-Christian Iron Age and the people of the Middle Ages who built forts, raths and ritual cairns on prominent locations on hillsides and drumlins. Over recent centuries, the inhabitants of the single-storey, thatched vernacular dwellings that dotted the valley sides harvested turf from the bog, revealing the stumps of the oaks that once filled the valley.[3]


Glenullin is in the civil parish of Errigal and in the Catholic parish of Garvagh in the (Diocese of Derry). Glenullin covers about half the total parish area, the remaining being in the village of Garvagh and the neighbouring hamlet of Ballerin.[4]


Glenullin was one of the first areas in the county to organise Gaelic games and the local club, John Mitchel's GAC, based at Seán Ó Maoláin Park, has a number of football, hurling and camogie teams.