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The original Irish name was “Cloidigh” meaning washing river, most likely referring to the fast ...

The original Irish name was “Cloidigh” meaning washing river, most likely referring to the fast flowing Faughan River made famous by the late well known naturalist and broadcaster Olly Mc Gilloway.

One of the main features of the village is the Country Park, a delightful place with a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Nearby are the ruins of the Older Cumber Parish Church founded by St. Patrick and visited by Column Cille in 575. Other places of interest nearby include 17th Century Brackfield Bawn designed by Sir Edward Doddington, who also designed the Walls of Derry. The ancient prehistoric site of Ballygroll with monuments extending from the Neolithic period to the Bronze Age.

A bomb devastated the village in July 1972 killing nine innocent victims, children and adults. A memorial stands in the village market place to commemorate those who lost their lives. Today Claudy is a lively and growing place with a warm community spirit.