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Garvagh

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Garvagh is a village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is on the banks of the Agivey River, 18km south of Coleraine on the A29 route. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,288.HistoryGarvagh was important from very early times, and later rebuilt as a Plantation town, as its broad main street and neatly planned buildings evidence.It was founded in the early 17th century by George Canning from Warwickshire, agent for the Ironmonger’s Company of London, it was later grown into a middling-size market town by the Cannings. A striking feature of the town is the stone clock tower with an attractive clock and castellations, which dominates the main route through the town and also serves as the district cenotaph.On 26 July 1813 the Battle of Garvagh took place. Four hundred Catholic Ribbonmen attempted to destroy a tavern in Garvagh where the Orange Lodge met. They were armed with sticks and bludgeons, but Protestants were waiting inside armed with muskets and repelled them. Several of the Ribbonmen were killed and the rest fled. The town has been immortalised in the famous Protestant folk-song "The Battle of Garvagh".The TroublesPost TroublesThe Garvagh and District Development Association- GADDA undertook a project to modernise the town in the late 1990s and early 2000s by installing new water mains, upgrading road surfaces, improving pedestrian surfaces, new street lighting, a new community building and a new toilet block, which were funded through various support channels: the Coleraine Borough Council, the Ireland Fund of America, the EU and the British Government.
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