ARDBOE, COUNTY TYRONE
Situated at Ardboe Point, on the western shore of Lough Neagh, is the best example of a high cross to be found in Northern Ireland. Marking the site of an ancient monastery, the cross has 22 sculpted panels, many recognisably biblical, including Adam and Eve and the Last Judgment. It stands over 18ft high and dates back to the 10th century. It is still the rallying place of the annual Lammas, but praying at the cross and washing in the lake has been replaced by traditional music-making, singing and selling of local produce. The tradition of 'cross reading' or interpreting the pictures on the cross, is an honour passed from generation to generation among the men of the village.
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Discover County Tyrone
Rising from the shores of Lough Neagh in the east, to the Sperrin Mountains in the west, County Tyrone is Northern Ireland’s largest, and Omagh is the county town.
Just outside Omagh is the Ulster American Folk Park, which is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful visitor attractions. The site is divided into Irish and American areas, linked by a reconstruction of one of the ships in which Irish emigrants journeyed to the New World. Costumed guides work as their ancestors would have worked, and are always ready to explain and to answer questions. The park came into being thanks to the generosity of the Mellon family of the United States, whose ancestor Thomas emigrated from the Omagh area with his family in 1818 when he was just five years old. Like many Irish emigrants he prospered, becoming a judge; his son Andrew founded Pittsburgh’s steel industry. The park’s large collection of original buildings has been assembled from locations all over Northern Ireland and also from America. The Centre for Migration Studies at the park has a specialist reference library available to any member of the public wishing to research any aspect of emigration and genealogy.
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