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District (pop., 2001: 39,780), central Northern Ireland. It is bounded by the River Bann, Lough (lake) Neagh, and the Sperrin Mountains. It is located within the historic county of Londonderry. The town of Magherafelt, originally settled as an English company (Plantation of Ulster) town, is the seat of the district and its marketing centre.
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