The winding Roe as it flows into Lough Foyle north of Limavady close to Ballerena. The Donegal shoreline opposite.The viaduct carrying the Belfast to Derry railway can be seen across the mouth of the river. Derry to the left.
The townlands of the flat plain of the the Roe north of Limavady. Note the townlands of Crindle and Myroe just above Limavady. The river entrance to the east towards Coleraine is to the Lower Bann river which gave the Vikings access to Lough Neagh. The outlet of the Roe to Lough Foyle is seen near Ballerena.
This now derelict building is what remains of a typical small farmers homestead in the Legavannon area dating back
to probably the early part of the 19th century. The remains of the chimney are still visible. The roof would
originally have been straw thatched later after the development of corrugated iron sheeting the thatch would
have been removed and replaced with this sheeting.This should interest those of you abroad who perhaps wonder
what your ancestral homes were like in the Roe valley where so many of your ancestors emigrated from.
Note the chapel probably started life as a long thatched barn shaped structure on a rood of land (a quarter acre) given by the Marquiss of Waterford to the Catholics of the area and in perpetuity.The building would have been used along the long axis at the time. The altar was a slab of slate or stone supported by two stone piers.The floor was of clay with the better off worshippers such as the local O'Kanes and Mullans having wooden pews. Others would use slate kneling pads to protect their Sunday best.In later years the roof was of slate. The church cost £166 and 6 shillings to build.It was never named and was referred to as either "the chapel" or "Drumsurn chaple" It is interesting to see the headstones of the better of Catholic farmers and traders still in a reasonable state of preservation. Prior to the development of Catholic churches and graveyards the Catholics would in many cases have been buried in the Church of Ireland graveyards. The graveyard at the old church of Balteagh above has most certainly Catholic graves.Indeed some Catholic clerics are buried there in what is referred to as "the priests mound".