Places to go and see in the Cookstown area:
Tullyhogue Fort is a large mound on the outskirts of Tullyhogue village just beyond Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It has a depressed centre and is surrounded by trees. It is historically known for its polygonal embanked enclosure, separated from an outer bank by a wide flat space and no ditch. From its hilltop position, it commands wide views of the area and is visible for miles. The site is of huge cultural and historical significance, which attracts hundreds of visitors from throughout Ireland and overseas. The fort has been of regal importance in Ulster from before the 16th century because it was here that the Kings of Ulster were inaugurated as ‘O’Neills’. Tullyhogue fort was the O’Neills ceremonial site. The inauguration took place on a large stone chair, which stood on a hillside nearby, however this was destroyed by Lord Deputy Mountjoy in 1602, in accordance with the Elizabethan policy of destroying all Irish symbols of clan allegiance.
During the Twentieth Century when Cookstown District Council initiated a tourism plan for visitors, due to the rich history of the site, Tullyhogue Fort became part of its marketing agenda. As a result of this initiative the area was re-developed and signs directing visitors towards the site have been installed in Cookstown district. In additionto this redevelopment, and much more recently, the fort has been the beneficiary of further construction work to include a new car parking area, interpretation and a new path to the monument, all of which have now been completed.
Tullyhogue Fort continues to be a popular tourist destination during the summer months. With this being the location where the ancient O'Neill Kings were crowned and an area steeped in Irish history just on the outskirts of Cookstown it is well worth a visit. Set a date to visit, bring walking shoes and enjoy the upgrade and the amazing views.