Newmills is a small village in East Tyrone situated three miles north of Dungannon. The River Torrent flows through it, and other close neighbours include Coalisland, Edendork and Stewartstown; each of which is less than five miles away.
Newmills derives its name from a corn mill and kilns that formerly stood in the area. Local services and facilities include a primary school, a local shop and a number of churches. It currently has a population of approximately 400 people and is a constituent part of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.
Do Not Miss:
Annaginny Fisheries – A stocked and managed lake with fish guaranteed for the visitor. Set in farmland, this put and take rainbow fishery consists of 4 lakes. Two are fly-fishing only and two allow spinning and worm fishing. The lakes are stocked twice weekly with Trout.
Roughan Castle and Lough – These are situated a mile outside the village on the road to Stewartstown. Built in 1618 by Sir Andrew Stewart, the Castle was once the refuge of Phelim O’Neill, leader of the 1641 rising in Ulster. He was captured here in 1653 and was taken to Dublin, where he was hanged for treason.
A small square castle, Roughan stands three storeys high encompassing a central tower. The Lough contains a Crannog (artificial island) and is currently the home of the Mid-Ulster Waterskiing club.
A Little Local Knowledge:
• In local political terms, Newmills is at the geographic centre of the Torrent ward in Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.
• The most popular local sport is Soccer, with a number of teams from the village entering local leagues in the South Tyrone area.
Lydia Mary Foster – Novelist and writer of Prose and Poetry. Lydia was the daughter of Rev. James Foster, the Presbyterian Minister of Newmills from 1850 to 1890.