Ardboe is an area of historical importance in East Tyrone, and lies adjacent to two of the most important tourism and recreation zones in Northern Ireland, namely Lough Neagh and the Sperrins with the Ballinderry river acting as an important link between them. It is a central location in Northern Ireland, no further in distance than ten miles from the large towns of Dungannon, Magherafelt and Cookstown, whose district council area it is a part of. Ardboe has a strong cultural identity within the area as shown through the tradition of fishing in Lough Neagh.
The 10th century Ardboe Cross provides a major image focus for the area. The cross is important in terms of its historical and spiritual significance and attracts many visitors throughout the year. Standing over 18ft in height, the stone cross is decorated with 22 carved panels. The Battery Harbour, situated in the townland of Kinturk is home of Lough Neagh Rescue, a focal point with public access to the lough.
Do not miss:
The Auld Lammas Fair
This is a popular event held each August in Ardboe, attracting hundreds of people of all ages to the shores of Lough Neagh. Activities include traditional music performances.
A 300 year old restored fisherman’s cottage situated in the townland of Aneeterbeg; home to the Muintirevlin Historical Society and Gort Moss Walking Club. It also hosts music nights and a fiddle class!
A little local knowledge:
• In 1941 a Second World War airbase was built in the townland of Kinrush in Ardboe. It was used as a training base for United States Army Air Forces – by 1943, over 3,500 troops were stationed at the base.
Polly Devlin – Author, Journalist, Broadcaster and Film-maker; works include The Far Side of the Lough and All of Us There. As Features Editor for Vogue Magazine in the 1960s, she interviewed major personalities such as John Lennon and Andy Warhol.
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