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Churches, Monuments & Graveyards

Step back in time to visit some of Northern Ireland's oldest Churches and Monuments, some of which date back as far as Norman times. There are even more antiquities from the early Christian era; and superb examples of monastic sites, gravestones, abbeys, round towers and Celtic crosses crop up in every County.

Graveyards and gravestones have long held a fascination for those with an interest in family history in Ireland. Today, few visitors to Northern Ireland in search of their roots are satisfied until they have identified the last resting place of their ancestors. Even if no headstone has survived, there is still something poignant about visiting the graveyard in which your ancestors are buried. The Ulster Historical Foundation have complied some 50,000 gravestone inscriptions into a digital archive on www.historyfromheadstones.com. You can also find maps showing the locations of 1,200 graveyards in Northern Ireland to help you plan your visit.

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St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry/Derry

Dominating the skyline on all approaches to the city of Londonderry is Saint Columb's Cathedral, which has stood on its prominent site inside the famous walls of Derry since 1633. Dedicated to the name of Saint Columba (Columb)

Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Belfast

St Anne's Cathedral was consecrated in 1904. It contains mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The Spire was added in 2006. A modest entry charge applies though Cathedral is free for private prayer.

First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre, Londonderry/Derry

Explore the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre and discover the compelling, and often surprising story of First Derry Presbyterian Church that has been at the heart of its community since the 17th century.

Bodoney (Badoney) Church, Plumbridge, Omagh

The present St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland parish church at Bodoney (known locally as Badoney), built in 1784, is thought to occupy the site of an early Christian monastery.

Church Island on Lough Beg, Magherafelt

Church Island is a small island on Lough Beg - 1.5 miles from Bellaghy. On a visit to the island you will discover the ruins of an old church with no spire.

Saint Nicholas' Church, Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus

Established in 1182 by the Anglo Norman, John de Courcy, St Nicholas' has many historic features including a medieval porch, the Chichester memorial to Lord Donegall, a skew aisle, wonderful stained glass and a leper window.

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Ancestry Links

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
(www.proni.gov.uk)

www.ni-libraries.net
www.ulsterscotsagency.com 
www.ancestryireland.com
www.nationalarchives.ie
www.askaboutireland.ie
www.historyfromheadstones.com
www.discovereverafter.com
www.rjhuntercollection.com
www.placenamesni.org