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The original Killymoon Castle, which was built in 1671, burnt down in 1801. It was rebuilt in a larger version in 1803 to a design by John Nash.   It is an asymmetrical structure with both round and square towers and Regency Gothick interiors

Cookstown is a town and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the fourth largest town in the county and had a population of nearly 11,000 people in the 2001 Census. It is one of the main towns in the area of Mid-Ulster. It was founded around 1620 when the townlands in the area were leased by an English ecclesiastical lawyer, Dr. Alan Cooke, from the Archbishop of Armagh, who had been granted the lands after the Flight of the Earls during the Plantation of Ulster. It was one of the main centres of the linen industry West of the River Bann, and until 1956, the processes of flax spinning, weaving, bleaching and beetling were carried out in the town.

Cookstown's famous main street (laid out from c1735–c1800), is 1.25 miles (2.01 km) long and 135 feet (41.15 m) wide, one of the longest, and widest in Ireland

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Tullyhogue Fort Cookstown the Site of the Crowning of the O`Neills Of  Ulster 

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The date of the construction of Tullyhogue fort is not known, however it is believed to have held great significance from early times, possessing a form of ritual importance long before the O'Neills became associated with the site.

Tullyhogue rath was originally associated with the Uí Tuirtre of Airgialla, and then with the O'Hagans between the 11th and 17th centuries. The O'Hagans dwelt at the site and became its hereditary guardians, with their burial place at Donaghrisk situated at the bottom of the hill. In the later medieval period it became the inauguration site of the O'Neill dynasty, where the title "the O'Neill", was bestowed upon each new lord. The inauguration was carried out by the heads of the O'Cahan and O'Hagan. O'Cahan, the O'Neill's principal sub-chief, would throw a golden sandal over the new lord's head to signify good fortune. O'Hagan, being the hereditary guardian of Tullyhogue, would place the shoe on the O'Neill's foot and present him with a rod of office.

Hugh O'Neill's inauguration in 1593 was the last such event for an O'Neill to take place at Tullyhogue. The last coronation that is claimed to have taken place at Tullyhogue was that of Sir Phelim O'Neill in 1641, however it was later rejected.

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The date of the construction of Tullyhogue fort is not known, however it is believed to have held great significance from early times, possessing a form of ritual importance long before the O'Neills became associated with the site.[9]

Tullyhogue rath was originally associated with the Uí Tuirtri of Airgialla, and then with the O'Hagans between the 11th and 17th centuries.[6] The O'Hagans dwelt at the site and became its hereditary guardians, with their burial place at Donaghrisk situated at the bottom of the hill.[9] In the later medieval period it became the inauguration site of the O'Neill dynasty, where the title "the O'Neill", was bestowed upon each new lord.[6][9] The inauguration was carried out by the heads of the O'Cahan and O'Hagan.[6] O'Cahan, the O'Neill's principal sub-chief, would throw a golden sandal over the new lord's head to signify good fortune. O'Hagan, being the hereditary guardian of Tullyhogue, would place the shoe on the O'Neill's foot and present him with a rod of office.[6][9]

Hugh O'Neill's inauguration in 1595[1] was the last such event for an O'Neill to take place at Tullyhogue.[9] The last coronation that is claimed to have taken place at Tullyhogue was that of Sir Phelim O'Neill in 1641, however it was later rejected.[9]

Leac na RíEdit

The inauguration stone was a large boulder known as the Leac na which mean "the flagstone of the kings".[6] It stood outside Tullyhogue fort, where by the 16th century it had become incorporated into a ceremonial stone chair where three large slabs had been placed around it.[6][9]

In 1602 during the Nine Years War, Lord Mountjoy, in charge of the English forces at war with Hugh O'Neill, smashed the inauguration stone to symbolically end the O'Neill's sovereignty.[6][9]

The Leac na Rí is stated as being the Ulster counterpart to the Stone of Destiny, which is now used as part of the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey.[9] The Leac na Rí is also stated as reputedly been blessed by St. Patrick.[9]

 

 
FeaturesEdit

The initial impression of Tullyhogue fort is that it resembled an early Christian bivallate rath which was an enclosed homestead surrounded by two banks and ditches.[9] Tullyhogue matches this description in that it has an enclosure 105 ft in diameter that is encircled by two banks. Entry to it was by a causeway in the inner bank.[9] What makes it clear that it was not an enclosed homestead is that the two ditches were built wide apart with a flat area in between, with no outer defensive ditch.[9] The layout of the fort itself shows that it was not built or designed as a defensive structure, but as an area of ceremonial importance.[9]

 

 
TodayEdit

Cookstown District Council have initiated a tourism plan for visitors and Tullyhogue Fort has become part of its marketing agenda due to its history. During the summer it is a popular tourist destination. In 1998, Don Carlos O'Neill, a Spanish descendant of Hugh O'Neill, started an annual event that takes place in August each year whereby he and his family commemorate the inauguration ceremony of the O'Neills on the spot were his predecessors were crowned.[10]

In February 2007 Cookstown District Council confirmed that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) had agreed to sell the land required to develop Tullyhogue Fort to Council for £90,000.[11]

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

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