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Lettershandoney or Lettershendony (from Irish: Leitir Seanduine, meaning 'hillside of the old people' or Leitir Seandomhnaigh meaning "hillside of the old church") is a small village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, six miles to the southeast of Derry and three miles east of Drumahoe. In the 2001 census it had a population of 506 people. It is situated within Derry and Strabane district.
Lettershandoney has ten recorded spellings of its name, dating back to 1613.
In 2009 Lettershandoney and District Development Group carried out a community audit, highlighting the problems of the Lettershandoney Estate, the main housing area of the village, in terms of high unemployment, poverty and ill health, vandalism and alcohol and drug abuse, as well as lack of community facilities. In August 2011, a Lettershandoney Strategic Vision and Action Plan was produced by consultants on behalf of ARC (Assisting Rural Communities) north west. The resulting village plan aims to enhance community facilities and services, as well as environmental quality and transport, while protecting the character of the village. The village has some 150 houses and a primary school.
Lettershandoney is classified as a small village or hamlet by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On census day (29 April 2011) there were 506 people living in Lettershandoney. Of these:
- 29.0% were aged under 16 years and 8.9% were aged 60 and over
- 50.4% of the population were male and 49.6% were female
- 70.8% were from a Catholic background and 29.8% were from a Protestant background
- 11.6% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Placenames NI Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
- "Lettershandoney Strategic Vision and Action Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Lettershandoney". Poverty and Social Exclusion. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service