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Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre is committed to being accessible to all, and to becoming a vital part of the communities of the Borough of Dungannon & South Tyrone.


History Forum Talks

All talks take place in The Square Box at Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre and start at 7.30pm.  The cost is £3 per person, and places must be booked at Ranfurly House Reception:  028 8772 8600 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Irish Volunteers, a talk by Dr Allan Blackstock

Date: Friday 16th September

Allan Blackstock is Reader Emeritus in History at Ulster University. His research interests are in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Ireland and include popular politics and protest, print culture, associationalism and intellectual history.

He is author of An Ascendancy Army: the Irish Yeomanry, 1796-1834 (Dublin, 1998) and Loyalism in Ireland, 1798-1829 (Woodbridge, 2007).  He has also published a biographical study of the botanist and political activist, the Reverend William Richardson, 1740-1820, (Manchester and New York, 2013).

The Quakers of Dungannon/Grange – The Society of Friends in Tyrone, a talk by Stephen Barcroft

Date: Friday 14th October

Stephen’s talk will cover the history of the Friends/Quakers and his family’s connection with them, when and where they became established in Tyrone, their activities and relations with the wider community. He will also talk about some prominent members, eg Bulmer Hobson, and the future prospects of the Society of Friends in Tyrone.


To the White House and Back with a President – Alive and Dead: A talk by Dr Ian Hunter

Date: Friday 11th November

A quarter of a million inhabitants of Ulster left on the perilous sea journey during the 1700s to seek a better life in developing colonial America.

Many are long forgotten unsung heroes who played their part during the fight for independence from the English and later in the carnage of the American civil war.

Quite by chance the speaker came across a branch of his family which left in 1740 and his research has revealed some surprising discoveries.


Events - At a glance

Update: 4th July 2016
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Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2016
History On The Hill  History on the Hill&nbs...
Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016
A Victorian Christmas in Ranfurly House Ranfurl...
Monday 23rd - Thursday 26th January 2017
The Victorian Bank Manager's Children This is a l...
Monday 27th February - Friday 10th March 2017
World Book Day Events:  The Workhouse "Under...
Monday 20th - Friday 31st March 2017
Create a Castle! Monday 7th-Wednesday 16th March ...
Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th May 2017
In Sight - In Touch - In Mind Take a walk in th...

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