Tamlaght is a small village in County Londonderry. It is located in Mid-Ulster. It’s name comes from the Irish Tamhlacht, meaning “plague burial place.”
In the census of 2001, the village had a population of 123 people.
Important landmarks within the village, include Churchtown Presbyterian Church, the Church of Ireland church and Drumard Primary School. Between 1917 and 1950, the village had it’s own railway station.
The Church of Ireland church is known as Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper. Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower church is to be found just outside Innisrush (some two miles away). Both churches share the same minister.
Along with my father, and local people, many happy week-night evenings were spent playing bowls in Tamlaght Upper’s church hall.
The photograph above, was taken in 1949. It shows the students that were enrolled that year at Drumard School. The surnames include Armstrong, Kelso, Getty, Crockett, Mulholland, Riddell, Rowe, Henry, Dempsey, Pollock, Anderson, Taylor, Linton, Patterson, Holmes, Kyle, Williamson, Wallace, Stewart.
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