Tamlaght is a small village in County Londonderry.   It is located in Mid-Ulster, about three miles from Portglenone.  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, Tamlaght Halt.

The Church of Ireland church is known as Tamlaght O’Crilly UpperTamlaght 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. 

Drumard School

Tamlaght O’Crilly, Drumard School 1949

Drumard School

The photograph above was taken in 1949.  Sourced from my uncle (who is actually in the back row of the photograph) many years ago, it had to be cleaned up significantly in photoshop. The names (which were on a separate sheet) have also been added.  The image shows the students that were enrolled that academic 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.