Remembering the Workhouse Paupers in Limavady

The Workhouse Memorial in Limavady.
The Workhouse Memorial in Limavady.
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A ceremony will be held in Limavady today to mark the 175th anniversary of the opening of The Newton Limavady Workhouse.

Limavady workhouse operated from 1842 to 1932.

“Every year Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) ensures that the memory of the unfortunate citizens of Limavady Union, who found themselves destitute with no other option but to enter the workhouse, are remembered in a short ceremony at the Paupers Graveyard on Scroggy Road,” said an LCDI spokesperson.

“Here lie almost 1,000 souls who were buried with no ceremony, no coffin and no grave markings.

“Chances are that one of them is a relative of yours.”

At 1pm today (Friday 10th March) LCDI will host a poignant ceremony to remember the paupers, which members of the public are welcome to attend.

“The Mayor will lay flowers on behalf of the community, and one-minute of silence will be observed,” said the spokesperson.

“A short prayer will be offered by one of the town’s clergymen while a piper will play a lament over the graves.

“The graveyard visit will be followed by light refreshments in what was the original workhouse dining room.”

The spokesperson added: “If you are interested in your local history you are welcome to come and join us.”

For more information, call LCDI on 028 777 65438.