Video: ‘A spot of indigestion’ in Culnady

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A PLAQUE should be erected in the sleepy village of Culnady in recognition of Sir James Murray - the inventor of Milk of Magnesia -according to a local community group.

In fact, it could be said the lack of recognition for Sir James has been causing the group ‘a spot of indigestion’ in recent weeks.

Now the Chairman of the local Rural Development Group, David Montgomery, is calling on Magherafelt District Council to put a plaque on a wall on lands at the junction of Main Street and Mill Lane.

“We have never really pushed the matter,” said Mr Montgomery. “Belfast has a plaque to him but he was born in Culnady and it’s only fitting that something should be put up here to mark the connection.”

Mr Montgomerys done his own research and reckons Sir James’ birth place could be where locals used to refer to as “Murray’s Brae” on the Drummuck Road.

“A plaque might attract more visitors to Culnady and would tie-in with the linen wheel of nearby Upperlands,” he added.

Sir James Murray was born almost 200 years ago and is believed to have been educated in the village before moving to Belfast as a young man.Recently, the EU banned Milk of Magnesia because of safety concerns.

Full story in this week’s South Derry edition of the Mid-Ulster Mail