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.
Irish: Muine Mór

St John's Desertlynn Church of Ireland, in Moneymore
 Moneymore shown within Northern Ireland
Population 1,369 (2001 Census)
Irish grid referenceH8583
CountyCounty Londonderry
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district BT
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK ParliamentMid Ulster
NI AssemblyMid Ulster
List of places
Northern Ireland
County Londonderry

Coordinates: 54°41′31″N 6°40′12″W / 54.692°N 6.670°W / 54.692; -6.670

Moneymore (from Irish: Muine Mór, meaning "large thicket or large hill")[1] 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. 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 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.


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. It also has a post office, pharmacy, a number of convenience stores, a privately owned bus service, a privately owned crane company, and a privately owned bicycle shop. Until July 2006 there was a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) station.

The GP in the Village's Surgery is Dr. Josef Kuriacose who spoke out against the lack of staff at Antrim Area Hsoptial and featured on BBC Newsline.[4]



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.


2001 Census

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:

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service


55 Rockview Park, a terraced house in Moneymore, was reportedly haunted.

On Friday 15 February 2008 at 11.00pm a Second World War bombshell was found in the Millrace Manor estate. A number of houses were evacuated and the Mace convenience store was shut for a period of time. The police were called in and the mortar bomb was found incapable of exploding.

The small New Zealand settlement of Moneymore, close to the town of Milton, was named after the Irish village (its first settlers were from the Irish Moneymore).

See also

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  1. Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. From the baptismal registers of St John's church Desertlyn
  3. "Moneymore station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  4. "Doctor would not be treated in Antrim Hospital". BBC News. 18 January 2012.
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