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Stewartstown Assistant Secretary Launches Book

Monday 08.12.2014
Team Talk Mag


The Little Book of Tyrone is a compendium of fascinating, obscure and entertaining facts about this much-loved county.  Published as part of the popular Little Book of series by the History Press, it is illustrated with thirty original line drawings. 


Here you will find out about Tyrone’s myth and legend, its proud sporting heritage, its castles and great houses and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through quaint villages and bustling towns, this book takes the reader on a journey through County Tyrone and its vibrant past.


A list of Chapters in the Book:

1. A Potted History of Tyrone

2. ‘Among the Bushes’: Castles, Forests and High Crosses

3. Tyrone Towns, Villages and Townlands: Facts and Statistics

4. Tyrone Folklore, Cures, Customs and Superstitions

5. A Diverse Culture and Shared Traditions

6. Notable Tyrone People and their Impact

7. Tyrone’s Sporting Success Stories

8. Creative Tyrone

9. Tyrone Trivia and an ABC of Tyrone

The book explains about –

  • The significance of Beaghmore Stone Circles and other monuments in Tyrone
  • The first recorded penalty kick in Gaelic Football was in Dungannon!
  • How the ‘pin tree’ near Ardboe Cross is believed to have healing powers
  • The tradition of the ‘hiring fair’ in Tyrone
  • The inventor of Irish Coffee who hailed from Castlederg
  • The Altmore native who became a U.S. Senator – and once challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel
  • Some Tyrone surnames and their origin


About the author:

Cathal Coyle has lived and worked in County Tyrone all his life.  He is a librarian based in St. Patrick’s College Dungannon, and has a particular interest in local history, culture and folklore.


Who is this book for?

It’s for anyone with a connection to Tyrone or even an interest in the county – for example the History enthusiast. The Little Book of Tyrone is also for anyone interested in reading about people who have excelled in their talent, whether it be literary (Flann O’Brien) Musical (Philomena Begley) or sporting (Willie Anderson).

For further information or interviews, the author can be contacted at:


Mobile:         07742986251


Twitter:        @cathalcoyle

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