Magherafelt (from Irish: Machaire Fíolta, meaning "plain of Fíolta") is a small town and civil parish in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 8,805 at the 2011 Census. It is the biggest town in the south of the county and is the social, economic and political hub of the area. It is part of Mid-Ulster District.
Magherafelt has been documented as a town since 1425. Following the Plantation of Ulster, a central diamond has formed the heart of the town. During The Troubles in the late 20th century, 11 people were killed in or near Magherafelt in connection with the troubles.
- Holy Family Primary School
- Kilronan Special School
- Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí
- Naíscoil an tSeanchaí
- Magherafelt Controlled Primary School
- Magherafelt Primary
- Integrated Primary School
Magherafelt has several sporting teams, including Magherafelt Reds, O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt GAC, the Rainey Old Boys Rugby Club and Magherafelt Sky Blues F.C.. There is also the Mid Ulster Athletic Club,Spires CC Cycling Club. the Mid Ulster Swimming Club and the Magherafelt District Motorclub.
- Joseph Burns – an Ulster Unionist member of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1960 – 1973
- Paul Charles – novelist, music promoter and talent agent
- Peter Doherty – former footballer and manager of Northern Ireland
- Richard Ferguson – barrister and politician
- Barry Gillis – current Derry Gaelic footballer
- Monsignor Laurence Higgins – former Vicar General of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and founder of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in Tampa, Florida
- Harry Gregg – former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper
- Robert Hagan, naval officer and abolitionist
- Aaron Hughes – current professional Association Footballer
- Willie McCrea – politician and a member of the Democratic Unionist Party
- Terry McFlynn – a current football player for Sydney FC and former Northern Ireland Under 21 player
- Mickey Niblock – former Derry Gaelic footballer
- Laura Pyper – actress (Hex, Reign of Fire and Headrush)
- Dean Shiels – professional association football player
- Kenny Shiels – current manager of Derry City
- Sir James Starritt, KCVO – Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis from 1972–75
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- Placenames Database of Ireland
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- Peter Doherty Archived 13 January 2013 at Archive.today
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