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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. A woman in front of a large black and white image of Seamus Heaney's face
    Take your own adventure through the life and literature of one of the greatest Irish writers of all time. Visit Seamus Heaney HomePlace to discover how the poet’s formative years here shaped his work, then head out to experience for yourself the places of Mid Ulster that inspired his poetry.
  2. Three women in period costume taking a selfie outside Springhill House
    Step back in time with a visit to one of the many historic sites and properties that are found in Mid Ulster. Explore luxurious 17th century houses, imposing castles and their beautiful, vast estates. Learn about the people who lived here (and perhaps meet the ghosts who still do).
  3. The gift shop and craft display at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy.
    Discover our local artists and artisans and the wonderful array of artwork, textiles, ceramics and other works they create. Get hands-on and make your own arts and crafts at a workshop or find the perfect, handmade memento of your time in Mid Ulster from one of our galleries, gift shops or studios.
  4. A view of the Burnavon Theatre stage on the night of a Christmas ballet performance
    See what’s on at Mid Ulster’s theatres and plan the perfect night out during your visit. With packed programmes of music, drama, comedy, poetry and dance, there’s a wide range of options for enriching entertainment on offer at our auditoriums and intimate performance spaces.
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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Tullaghoge Fort was a royal power centre which came to historical prominence in the 11th Century when it was a dynastic centre for Cenel nEogain (later the O’Neills).
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  2. Sun setting behind the Hill of the O'Neills Towers
    Discover the history of the O’Neills, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster at the permanent, interactive exhibition in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre. Take a stroll on the Hill of the O’Neill and take in the excellent views.
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  3. Girls pictured with a woman in period dress outside an old thatched cottage with a red door
    Explore the cottage of the Simpson family with close ties to Ulysses Simpson Grant, the Commander of the victorious Union troops in the American Civil War. U.S. Grant served two terms as U.S. President and visited the homeland.
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  4. Three ladies stand with a tour guide inside the ballroom of Lissan House.
    Lissan House is an enchanting country residence set within a 260 acre demesne of ancient woodland and forestry. The estate was created in the 17th century and remained the home of the Staples family for nearly 400 years.
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  5. Click here to find out about Seamus Heaney Open Ground
    Explore locations linking the landscape and the literature of Seamus Heaney. Venture out to Open Ground, a series of five locations which held great significance for Seamus Heaney.
  6. Three girls walking through the doors of Killymoon Castle
    Killymoon castle sits in picturesque surroundings overlooking the Ballinderry River on the outskirts of Cookstown just 50 miles from Belfast by car. The castle is a grade A listed building designed by the famous architect John Nash.
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  7. Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.
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  8. LOCAL HERITAGE
    Heritage Centres
    Let local heritage centres tell their story. Community based centres and hubs for collecting and documenting historical and cultural information about Mid Ulster and the surrounding area.
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