Your Visit to Bellaghy & Ballyscullion Parish
Any trip to Bellaghy usually
includes a visit to the relations whether they live within the historic village envelope or reside in the beautiful and
lucious rural hinterland with its
network of narrow roads and busy farmyards.
Most visitors from
further afield will have been previously advised by the tourist industry to head for the
'Bawn' with its museum and more
modern-day artifacts relating to the world-famous poet
- Seamus Heaney.
Nevertheless, the 120 foot-tall spire of St Tida's Church is
also a prominent physical feature of this small village. The attached church and
well-groomed graveyard is a reflection of the
local history which goes back for 392 years and more. Important links
with a well-documented British and Irish past
abound for the discerning tourist to ponder.
- The Graveyard and
the Church exterior are accessible via the main entrance gateway at all
times from dawn to dusk.
(Just remember to close the gate to
keep dogs and any other animals from straying in!)
- The Church is always open to the public to
visit or take part in worship each Lord's Day from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Access to the
building is also facilitated on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00
- The public are welcome to attend any
other occasional services in the church such as those of Holy Baptism, Confirmation
or Holy Matrimony.
- Access is easily
arranged at all other times by e-mail or by directly contacting one of the local
Historical enquiries are primarily facilitated by e-mail contact or prior arrangement with one
of the parish historians who will happily meet individual visitors or coach
Visitors are asked
to remember that funerals to the graveyard can and will be
taking place from time to
time (normally in the afternoon). We simply request that
visitors arriving and finding such circumstances would respect the sensitivities of
any grieving families as they walk around the gravestones.