Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House For EHOD 2019
Sep 14 2019
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Discover the history of this site, its link to the Flight of the Earls and Plantation of Ulster
If all the twists and turns of Irish History were to be encapsulated in a single site, it would be Hill of The O’Neill, at the heart of the medieval capital of Ulster , Dungannon.
Now you have an opportunity to discover and experience what a medieval village would have looked like, with living history bringing to life the stories of the tumultuous events that shaped today’s Ireland, at the very place where they happened.
Meet the wolf hounds, watch the archery and falconry at play enjoy food sampling from the cuisine of the medieval period.
There will also be a series of short talks available throughout the day on pre –plantation, post plantation, genealogy & DNA testing and other interesting topics.
Medieval village and talks will run from 12 :00 – 17:00 Saturday 14th September.
Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre is the perfect starting point for an exploration of the Dungannon and Tyrone area. Located in the former Belfast Bank, a beautiful mid Victorian centrepiece, the gateway to the most historical site in Ulster, Hill of The O’Neill a site used by rulers, noblemen and armies as a stronghold to dominate the area, a place from which they could influence all of Ulster.
At least two castles are thought to have been built on the site, as well as a grand manor house and a fortified town. A new glass viewing tower and event space recently opened in May 2016 affords the visitor a spectacular view of seven of the nine counties of Ulster.
It was from here the famous O’Neill dynasty utilised a stunning 360-degree view of the province of Ulster to rule Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years. The Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor centre has a multi-media exhibition narrating the Hill’s importance in Irish and European history, its links to the O’Neills and the subsequent Flight of the Earls and Plantation of Ulster.
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