This is Moneyreagh. It’s a village and a townland in County Down. The name probably derives from the Irish “Mónaidh Riabhach” meaning “grey bog or moor” (according to the website of the Northern Ireland Place Name Project).
There is still plenty of grey around, in the churchyard and old school building, but there is also a thriving community.
In April 2014 a plaque was unveiled to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of a local poet, Robert Huddleston. Click here for a report of the unveiling of the plaque.
“The nights get crabbit, dark, an’ bleak,
The days but doncy shortlin’ peep;
While Summer cheers the southern Pole
And warm the Antartic regions Sol;
While caul’ December’s cranreuch breath,
Does wreaselin freeze the faded heath.”