- Moneymore is also the name of a farming district near Milton, New Zealand.
- Moneymore is also the name of a large housing estate in Drogheda, Ireland.
St John's Desertlynn Church of Ireland, in Moneymore
|Population||1,369 (2001 Census)|
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|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Moneymore (from Irish: Muine Mór, meaning "large thicket or large hill") is a village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 1,369 in the 2001 Census. It is situated within Mid-Ulster District. It is an example of a plantation village in Mid-Ulster built by the Drapers' Company of London. It was the first town in Ulster to have piped water.
Moneymore lies in a glen. The Ballymully River flows through the southern part of the village. The river rises on a large hill, Slieve Gallion (one of the Sperrins), which has a radio tower on top. The village is about 35 miles (56.3 km) from the sea to the north.
There was an important battle fought near Moneymore called the battle of Móin Daire Lothair in the year 563 between the Northern Uí Néill and the Cruithin tribe which the Northern Uí Néill won. This battle is recorded in the Annals of Ulster and would have been a major event at the time. Much of Great Britain and Ireland would have descent from these two groups as there was notable mixing with Scotland over the years and the Uí Néill split to form the Southern Uí Néill in the Irish midlands around this time.
Originally built by the Worshipful Company of Drapers, the village was held in such esteem that they invested in a large scale reconstruction during 1817. During The Troubles, seven people were killed in or near Moneymore in violence related to the conflict, six of them by the Provisional IRA and one by the UDA.
- Richard William Enraght was an Anglican priest and religious controversialist. He was born in Moneymore on 23 February 1837, the son of the Reverend Matthew Enraght the Assistant Curate of the parish.
- John Harris, surgeon, early settler of Australia, born Moneymore 1754
- Author and musician Rodney Orpheus was born and raised in Moneymore.
Places of interest
The most notable building in the town is the 17th century Plantation house, Springhill, built and owned by the Conyngham, later Lenox-Conyngham family but since 1957 in the ownership of the National Trust.
Moneymore Model Village depicts life in rural Ulster at the time of the Plantation.
Moneymore has a surgery which serves villages such as the Loup, Ballyronan and Desertmartin. As well as that, Moneymore has Dalriada Emergency Surgery which is 24/7 as well as a post office, pharmacy, a number of convenience stores, a privately owned bus service, a privately owned crane company, a vehicle detailing business and a privately owned bicycle shop. Until July 2006 there was a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) station. The village also has a Go Kart track and a Recreation Centre.
There are two primary schools in Moneymore: Moneymore Primary School (the state primary school) and St. Patrick's Primary School (a Roman Catholic primary school). Most children of secondary school age attend one of the schools in nearby Cookstown or Magherafelt.
- St. John's Church (Church of Ireland)
- Church of SS John & Trea (Roman Catholic)
- Moneymore First Presbyterian Church
- Moneymore Second Presbyterian Church
- Moneymore Congregational Church
- Moneymore Gospel Hall
Moneymore is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,369 people living in Moneymore. Of these:
- 25.0% were aged under 16 years and 16.1% were aged 60 and over
- 45.29% of the population were male and 52.1% were female
- 47.8% were from a Catholic background and 51.0% were from a Protestant background;
- 3.1% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Moneymore.|
- Moneymore and Draperstown: The Architecture and Planning of the Estates of the Drapers Company in Ulster
- Photos of the town taken around 1920