Laghey Church celebrates 175th anniversary

The people of Laghey have been coming together this weekend to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Laghey Parish Church

The people of Laghey have been coming together this weekend to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Laghey Parish Church

The church was completed in 1837 and was originally a Chapel of Ease for the parish of Drumholm.

It later became a parish in its own right in the 1850s as the village grew from a handful of houses to a population of 130 Irish and Scots settlers.

The focus of the weekend is to celebrate the lives of the people of the parish - those who were born, married, died and emigrated during the 175 years since its inauguration. Events kicked off on Friday evening with the annual barbeque bringing people of all ages together for a feast of food, fun and lots of good company.

The children were kept busy with ever-popular bouncy castles, and despite the changeable weather, there was a good turn out and a great sense of community spirit and celebration.

An historical exhibition was held on Saturday. Locals and visitors were able to get a real sense of the changes that have taken place over the last 175 years.

A wonderful display of documents, photographs and slides brought the everyday lives of people from a bygone age to life, with many memories being resurrected as old but familiar faces were recognised and past events remembered.

The weekend celebrations will draw to a close this evening with what Rev David Huss describes as ‘a very special service’.

Later this year, the Harvest Thanksgiving Service and Harvest Supper will mark the close of the celebrations. This is scheduled for Friday, October 12, with the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe due to attend.