An emotional ceremony was held in Limavady last week to remember the hundreds of people throughout the borough who were laid to rest at the town’s Pauper’s Graveyard.
Limavady Community Development Initiative have arranged this event for the last 14 years.
LCDI General Manager, Damien Corr said: “The Workhouse opened on 15th March 1842 and LCDI hold the service each year on the Friday closest to that date. Mr. Corr said that this year is somewhat of a milestone in that it marks the 170th Anniversary of the opening.”
In welcoming the guests Mr Corr said it was gratifying to see people take an interest in the Paupers Graveyard.
“Many people pass the site each day, without a thought, perhaps without even knowing that they have a distant relative buried within,” he said.
In order to emphasise the point a list of people who died in March 1847 was read out. Twenty seven people died in March 1847 and they included the following:Owen McLaughlin (Dungiven), Anne Kane (Limavady), Hannah Moore (Drum), Mary McCloskey (Glenshane), Annabella Martin (Myroe), John Matthews (Gelvin), John Boyle (Benone) and Elizabeth Lynch (Keady).
The Mayor, Councillor Sean Mc Glinchey remembered those interred on behalf of the citizens of the Borough.
Joan Archibald of the Salvation Army led those present in a simple service of rememberance.
LCDI were delighted to have the Roeside Girl Guides representing the youth of the Borough.
The Girls were resplendent in their uniforms and gave a delightful reading of the poem, in memory of those buried in the paupers graveyard.
To arrange a free tour of the workhouse for your group, call 777 69160 to book.