Magheramorne

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Magheramorne Presbyterian Church

Magheramorne (from Irish: Machaire Morna)[1] is a hamlet in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is about 5 miles south of Larne on the shores of Larne Lough. It had a population of 75 people in the 2001 Census. It is within the Larne Borough Council area.

Nearby is an old limestone quarry currently owned by Lafarge (formerly known as Blue Circle). A regeneration plan will transform the quarry into a nature conservation, leisure and housing area. The 75 hectare quarry will be the home of a World Cycling Centre and the All-Ireland Scuba Diving Centre if the plans go ahead.[2] The area is currently being used as a filming location for the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

The area of Larne Lough that was used to ship cement out of Magheramorne is now used as a marina.

The high point for limestone extraction at Magheramorne was in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the 19th century a mission church for labourers at the limeworks was established and became a Presbyterian Church.

St. Comgall, founder of Bangor Abbey in County Down, was born at Magheramorne in the 6th century. William McConnell of Magheramorne, who died at the age of 102, was one of the last living survivors of the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

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  • The area is home to the widely-recognised Magheramorne Silver Band, established in 1882 by one of the local Orange Lodges. The band has drawn its membership mainly from the Magheramorne area and surrounding district, including the town of Larne, and continues to undertake a wide range of engagements across East Antrim and further afield. Its repertoire includes marching, classical, sacred, pop, rock, and brass band music which it plays at parading, concert, and busking events. [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Magheramorne reinvented by Lafarge
  3. ^ "Magheramorne station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  4. ^ Magheramorne Silver Band

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Coordinates: 54°49′N 5°46′W / 54.817°N 5.767°W / 54.817; -5.767