Gelvin Community Association

Events and History from Gelvin, Dungiven, Co. Derry, Ireland.

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This very successful event was held yesterday in aid of Mary Mullan's children in Guatemala appeal. The weather was fair, the craic mighty and the refreshments out of this world. Thanks to all who participated, donated and helped in any way. A few pictures taken on the day are attached.…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on October 1, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

CHARITY HIKE Sunday 30th Sept 2018

CHARITY HIKE. In June of this year, volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala devastating large areas of that country. The village of El Rodeo, being in the direct path of the lava flow, suffered greatly. Many lost their lives, homes and animals. 

Local volunteer, Mary Mullan, will return to El Rodeo in December to meet with families currently living in shelters and temporary dwellings and will assist in whatever way she can.

So please come along on Sunday…


Added by Sean O'Connor on September 27, 2018 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Frank Mullan Drumgavanney Upper

My name is Bill Mullan and I am from Kilkenny and I currently live in Dublin.
My grandfather ,Frank Mullan , came from Drumgavanney Upper and he relocated in 1914 to Kilkenny when he a married my grandmother. She had inherited the family farm as a result off the death of her only brother in a horse riding…

Added by Bill Mullan on July 11, 2014 at 10:53am — 1 Comment


A limited number of copies of this book, which was published in March 2012, remain and can be had from Waterstones Coleraine, Limavady Arts & Cultural centre or by telephoning 02877742377. It is likely to be completely sold out within the next 4/6 weeks.  

Added by Eugene McCloskey on October 13, 2013 at 7:43pm — No Comments


My great great grandparents William Fowler (a carpenter) and Jane (Jeanie) McGonigal married at the Parish Church in parish of Dungivan in 1850. They lived at Ballyness, Parish of Dungivan. In the 1901 census they were living at house 32 in Ballyness, Gelvin. Jeanie died in 1902. I have not been able to find William's death date.

William's father was Joseph Fowler (a labourer) and Jeanie's father was Michael McGonigal (also a labourer).

Their son William Fowler (my great grand…


Added by Heather Moore on June 15, 2013 at 6:20am — No Comments

Our Gelvin heritage

Hello from New Zealand

We are trying to trace my husband's Irish ancestry and the oldest record we have is for his great-grandfather, Absolom Browne, who appears on the 1901 Irish census as residing at 7 Drumaduff, Gelvin, Londonderry. On the 1911 census his address is 1 Ballyness, Galvin, Londonderry. Absolom married Annie Mullan and they had 13 children, one of these being my husband's grandfather Joseph Patrick, born 27/1/1884 in Drumaduff, who was a postman before emigrating to…


Added by Robyn and John Brown on June 13, 2013 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

Drumaduff Mullans in New York

The Drumaduff Mullans in New York

The children of Mark Mullan and Mary McGuigan  all lived in New York city at one.

time or another, They started  immigrating in the 1880’s with Isabella, Catherine,

MaryAnn, Michael, John, James, Susan and Rose. They all located in the upper east side

of Manhattan ,often several of them sharing an apartment. And in the neighborhood

where they lived there were often  others from the Drumsurn area

Isabella married…


Added by Phil Mullan on August 5, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments



Saturday 24th March was a momentous day for Gelvin Historical Society. This was the day  they launched their book GELVIN THE HOME PLACE.   The event which was held in the Library Main Street  Dungiven was very well supported by all age groups.  Martin McDonald from The Heritage Lottery Fund and John Hamilton from Causeway Museum Service were in attendance.   Martin McDonald officially launched the book by presenting the first issue to Paddy Mullan from…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on March 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Launch of book - GELVIN THE HOME PLACE


We will launch GELVIN THE HOME PLACE, a history of the area covering the 100+ years after the great famine, on Saturday 24th March 2012 at 12 noon in The Library Main Street Dungiven. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Books can be ordered by post from Eugene McCloskey, 191 Legavallon Road, Dungiven BT47 4QW and will also be available in local outlets following the launch. They  can also be ordered by telephone (please see the accompanying press release document).…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on March 19, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments



For the past number of months members have been active in compiling the history of the area and its people covering the past 100/150 years. We will in the near future be in a position to amalgamate the information gathered with the results published in book form by early 2012. A community archive will also be set up.  What we have done and what we are proposing would not be possible without the financial input already agreed  with…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on August 6, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Diamond descendants

On Sunday last 1st August a large number of descendants of Dan Diamond (Lenamore) and Bridget McCloskey (Lenamore) gathered at Gelvin school to hear Dan and Bridget's great great great grandson Paraic Rafferty describe in detail the Diamond family tree containing 1118 names. Paraic gave a slide show and talk touching on all the descendants (several hundred) from 1817. The Diamond name has been extinct in the Gelvin area for 45 years and descendants from Scotland, Mayo, Belfast, Omagh, Portrush,… Continue

Added by Eugene McCloskey on August 3, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments


The photographs and text accompanying this article were taken and written thirteen years ago in 1997 following a school reunion arranged by Mary Mullan and Sinead McNicholl. The intervening years have seen considerable change at the old school and indeed at this time a portion of the exterior is being re-plastered. This should ensure the future of the building for many more years.

The past 13 years have also brought about change in the appearance in some if not in all of those who…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on May 5, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments


The text and photographs relate to events on 26th August 2006 when the site was officially launched following work carried out in the earlier part of that year.

Added by Eugene McCloskey on May 3, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Galvin was always a two teacher school (principal and assistant teacher) with the number of pupils rarely exceeding 50. The building had two classrooms separated by a wooden partition and pupils progressed from the junior room to the senior room at the appropriate level of learning. Teachers tended to stay for relatively short spells. However Michael Gillespie, who came from Moville in Co Donegal, served as Principal from 1908 until 1941. Thelma McLaughlin came to the school in 1947 as…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on March 3, 2010 at 6:18pm — No Comments

A day in the moss

There was a lot of nostalgia at Alduff on 6th June 2009 when over 50 local residents gathered to witness and participate in paring, cutting, lifting, wheeling and spreading. All of the older participants had spent many days in the moss during the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's and were delighted to have had the opportunity to once again display their skills. Many stories were told and old times remembered. A good quantity of turf was cut and saved in the weeks that followed and were…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on February 21, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

The Remodelled Old school


Added by Eugene McCloskey on February 10, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments

School Improvements

It was decided in the Autumn of 2009 that, due to difficulties encountered when attempting to paint the side of the building facing Legavallon Road and the gable towards Ballymacallion, we should re-plaster both walls.

Application for financial assistance was made to the Big Lottery Fund (Awards for All) and we were awarded a grant of £3358. Work is expected to commence in the next 2/3 months and should take 3/4 weeks to complete. We are grateful to the Big Lottery for their…


Added by Eugene McCloskey on February 9, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

2010 Calendar

The 2010 calendar is the third produced by the group and as in past years all profits have been donated to a deserving charity. The chosen charity this year was The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and a cheque for £1250 was recently presented to a Hospice representative. Approximately 360 calendars were sold plus a quantity of turf harvesetd during the summer of 2009. We extend thanks to all sellers and to the purchaser of the turf who prefers to remain anonymous. A big thank you to all… Continue

Added by Eugene McCloskey on January 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Wedding in Australia

Sean and Carmel Canning from Ballyness leave on Saturday 9th January for Australia to attend their son Michael's wedding. Michael will wed Joanne Hickey at Coffs Harbour just north of Sydney on Saturday 30th January.
We wish Sean and Carmel a safe journey each way and an enjoyable stay down under. We also wish Michael and Joanne every happiness in their married life. Sean and Carmel return again on 2nd February.

Added by Eugene McCloskey on January 7, 2010 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Field trip to Lenamore

On Saturday 7th November 2009 members of the group joined in an information gathering trip to Lenamore to learn something of the history of the settlement and its people. The facilitator for the event was Dr Wes Forsythe, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Ulster, who gave an insight into what life would have been like during the late 19th/early 20th century. Local man Donal Boyle, adviser with Environment & Heritage Service, also contributed to what was a most enjoyable… Continue

Added by Eugene McCloskey on January 5, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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