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
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.