I thought after 19 posts, it’s about time I did one on my home town, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. It’s a small town of less than 3000 people at the last census, close to the border with Co Donegal. Historically, “The Derg” is supposed to be the birthplace of Davy Crockett, and Joe Sheridan, the inventor of Irish Coffee.
Castlederg takes its name from the River Derg, or Dearg in Irish. The name means red, and probably comes from the reddish orange tinge to the water, caused by particles of peat, as the river and its tributuries rise in and flow through the bog. Some say however, that it got its name from the river flowing red with blood after an ancient battle. Definitely a better story anyway.
The River Derg and the bridge, built in 1835 to replace the older bridge built in the early 1600’s.
The River Derg living up to its name. Taken near the bridge.
The River Derg downstream from the bridge.
The other contributor to the town’s name is its castle. built by John Davies in 1610, although there was an older castle mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters at the end of the 15th century.
The castle seems an appropriate backdrop for this display of ancient weapons in an event staged to mark the opening of park facilities at the site.
The town centre and the “Bridging Sculpture”.
St Patricks Church built in 1876.
Another church in the nearby hamlet of Garvetagh.
The old railway station.
Muckle Hill, to the West, although small, is a dominant feature on the skyline.
It also provides a great viewpoint over the town and the Derg valley.
Anothe nearby hill to the East, Mullaghcroy, at dawn.
Autumn scene on one of the country roads around the town.