The Bellaghy Historical Society was started in February
2000, when a meeting was called by Patricia Lowry, with the help of the resident Tour Guide at Bellaghy Bawn, Ms. Deborah
Mrs Lowrys interest in the local history of this plantation village, and the more ancient history of Church
Island, had encouraged her to see what enthusiasm existed in the district for an Historical Society.
The aim was to
redraw as far as possible, a picture of the village itself, with the occupations of the inhabitants and the methods they used
for all the tasks which are now performed by machinery. Life as it used to be, in fact!.
In April 2002 Bellaghy Historical Society member Matt Bruce
published a book entitled "Eighty Years Young" which is packed with snippets of information about life in and around the Bellaghy area over the past 80 or so years..