Hill of The O'Neill & Ranfurly House

Hill of The O'Neill & Ranfurly House

Discover how the story of Gaelic Ireland was shaped – and changed forever
Built on centuries of stories Explore a special place at the very heart of Ulster’s history. Explore a special place at the very heart of Ulster’s history.

Here you’ll uncover extraordinary stories that shaped the history of Ireland.

Stories of The O’Neill, who was head of one of Ireland’s most powerful dynasties. Stories that stay with you.

Hugh O’Neill became leader of the clan in 1595 and as such was known as The O’Neill. A charismatic, even romantic figure, he had a long, tempestuous and complicated relationship with the English Crown, a relationship largely of convenience – for both parties. It was characterised by double-crossing by each side, building and abandoning strategic alliances. And ultimately, by all-out war.

In this story Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone and the last inaugurated chief of the O’Neills, plays the central role. Dungannon was at the eye of an international political storm from 1594 to 1603, during which time The O’Neill would lead mighty armies, would win and lose battles, and create problems for at least four monarchs.

The centrepiece of your visit to the Hill of The O’Neill is the permanent exhibition in Ranfurly House. This tells the story of the Flight of The Earls and the Plantation of Ulster, and the important role that Dungannon played in these two historical events that would forever change these islands.

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