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Our next walk is to Dungannon and Moygashel including a vist to the Hill of the O'Neill. We depart from Omagh as usual at 9.30 on Saturday Sept 30th before a meeting point at the Milestone in Carrickmore about 10.00 before arriving Dungannon at the Tesco Car Park about 10.30. The walk can be done in trainers.
From the thirteenth century until modern times, the highland rampart
above the town of Dungannon known as the Hill of the 0'Neill has been one of the most strategically
important sites in the history of Ireland. Stronghold of the famous
O’Neill dynasty its view of all nine counties of Ulster enabled its
occupants to command the surrounding area. The inauguration site of the
O’Neills is a short distance away to the North East at Tullahogue Fort.
modern times the Hill, known locally as ‘Castle Hill’ was a base for
the Territorial Army and during the Troubles, the British Army. In 2006
the site was handed back to Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council,
who, respecting the enormous historical, cultural and political
significance of the site, have restored it as a people’s park with an
adjoining exhibition that puts the Hill’s history into the context of
important historical episodes, latterly the Flight of the Earls and the
Plantation of Ulster.
Photos on this page (apart from top one ) from our latest outing to the Appalachian Way near Drumquin
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