Craigavon Historical Society is committed to preserving community history through the promotion and study of local history in the Craigavon area.

PLEASE NOTE. This web site was established primarily as a resource for those who share our interests and we hope it is helpful to anyone making a study of their family history. However, the Society is unable to assist with queries about genealogical research from individuals or groups. For some advice on sources for family history research click here.

About the Craigavon Historical Society

Craigavon Historical Society was formed in April 1967 just as development of the "New City" of Craigavon started. Brownlow, sited between Lurgan and Portadown, was the first sector to be developed and, from the outset, the Society realised that Craigavon's development would necessitate the demolition of many buildings and features which gave the area its unique character. The Society has helped to record buildings and features before they were lost forever. But it also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Lurgan and Portadown and the surrounding areas.

We have around 100 members drawn from all communities with interested supporters scattered round the world.

Looking for an article about a particular historical subject?

On the top right hand corner of this page is a search box - simply type key word(s) and click the search button to find related content within this site. Irish History Online's website irishhistoryonline.ie provides a historical bibliography, based in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. It is by far the most comprehensive of any such bibliography. It's fully searchable, free to users and it's the only one to check for and include articles published in local history journals. It only takes a few moments to register. It's a most attractive site and a great resource - why not have a look.

Publications The Parish of Seagoe

The Society has published our biennial journal, Review, since 1969 - see below. We have also recently republished "The Parish of Seagoe" written in the 1950s by Rev. Bernard J. Mooney and Padraic Keenan. Part I is entitled "Place names explained" and Part II "Some Historical Notes". It is a fascinating book which gives a great introduction to the history of many of the placenames in what was later to become the Craigavon area.

Lectures and historical outings

We run a full programme of monthly lectures from September to April each year with two outings in May - click on link at top of page for ourcurrent programme.

Other activities

The Society supports local initiatives such as the formation of the agricultural exhibition at Ardress House, Craigavon Museum Services and the study of history in schools.



Earlier editions of Review are the source of most of the historical material in our web site but the original journals may contain additional information and illustrations.

Review, Vol.10 No.3 (pictured left), was launched April 2017; to view contents of recent Reviews click on links below:

If you are interested in purchasing copies of Review, The Parish of Seagoe, or Montiaghisms, a fascinating collection of Ulster dialect words, then please write to the Honorary Secretary for details.


The Society welcomes new members. The annual fee is £15 per person or £25 for two people from the same household. This fee also entitles members to attend our annual dinner and outings for which there is usually a charge. Friends of members are welcome at the dinner and outings provided space is availale.

The society is accepted as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs - ref. XT22811 and registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - ref. NIC100483

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