The Tunnel

There is supposed to have been a tunnel from Moira Castle leading to the Church. Some think it was used by the Rawdon family and their servants as their means of entry to the Church but it is more likely Read More …

Village Churches

The Parish of Moira It was founded in 1721. A plot of land opposite Moira Castle was given by the Hill family from Hillsborough for the building of the Church in 1723. The Rawdon Family contributed much of the expense Read More …

Famous visitors

Legend says St Patrick came up the Lagan but of course there are so many legends surrounding the man. There is no way of knowing if he did come to Moira, though some believe he founded a church in nearby Read More …

Images

These pages will contain images of Moira from the past and the present. Please use the menu on the right to navigate. Many more images are available in the school section. I am very grateful to George McCartney and his Read More …

Articles

We will share occasional articles relating to the history of Moira; often extracts from the forthcoming book or new information found during on-going research. These are accessed using the menu in the sidebar on the right.

Historical images

This is not a historic image per se but a wonderfully researched and illustrated view of how Moira looked in the past. It is a painting by Philip Armstrong  “Using the combined expertise of consultants and watercolour art style, I Read More …

History for Schools

Mr Mac writes: I love speaking to children and have a lifetime of experience doing just that. For many years now I have really enjoyed my annual visit to address Primary 4 children in Moira Primary school. We have great fun together as we Read More …

Early history

Moira is very old. It has been know by several names in the past – Magh Rath, Moirath, Moyragh and Moyra. The earliest sign of people living here is a crannog (a man made island or dwelling built on stilts Read More …

About the author

I came to Moira as Pastor of the Baptist Church in 1995 but had lived nearby since 1991. For years I was in Moira regularly and always admired the village. I recall often passing through as a pillion passenger on my Dad’s Read More …