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hamlet and townland
Gortnahey is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 54°57′20″N 6°58′07″W / 54.95556°N 6.96861°W / 54.95556; -6.96861Coordinates: 54°57′20″N 6°58′07″W / 54.95556°N 6.96861°W / 54.95556; -6.96861

Gortnahey (from Irish Gort na hÁithe, meaning 'enclosed field of the kiln'),[1] also transliterated as Gortnaghey, is a townland and small hamlet in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is 5 km northwest of Dungiven and 13 km south of Limavady. In the 2001 Census its population was 285. It is situated within Causeway Coast and Glens district.


Altahullion Hill lies west of the hamlet, and there are extensive views to the east over the River Roe to Benbradagh. Gortnahey has grown as two clusters of housing, with an area of mainly public housing at Gortnahey Road and private housing at Beech Road. There is a primary school and Roman Catholic church, but there are no commercial services.[clarification needed] There are proposals to provide a community hall and two retail units on the site of the existing McCartney Memorial Hall.[2]

The local GAA club, Drum GAC, fields football and camogie teams, and in 2012 won its seventh Derry Junior Football Championship.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Gortnahey Settlement Designation". Planning Service - Draft Northern Area Plan, 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2008.