Ardboe area lies adjacent to two of the most
important tourism and recreation zones in
Northern Ireland, namely Lough Neagh and
the Sperrins, with Ballinderry River
acting as an important link between them.
Ardboe has a strong cultural identity within
the area as exemplified through the
tradition of fishing in Lough Neagh.
The Ardboe Cross provides a major image
focus for the area. The cross is important
in terms of its historical and spiritual
significance and attracts many visitors
throughout the year. The Battery Harbour,
home of Lough Neagh Rescue, is a focal
point with public access to the lough.
The association is primarily concerned with
the encouragement and promotion of enterprise
in the area. One of the first large scale
Rural Development Programme participants, the
group built the ‘Rural Business Park’ in order
to sustain growth of rural
businesses in the area. To date, Ardboe
Business Park has successfully helped over 15
small businesses establish and grow.
Representatives from the local area and
estates, such as Cavehill, have come together
to form the Ardboe Community Group. This group
aims to get more involved in the Community
Development Programme and to promote social
inclusion in the area.
Set up in October 1995, the group’s aim is “to
ensure the continued existence of Moortown as
a vibrant and viable community”.
The first issue identified in need of
attention in Moortown was the shortage of
affordable living accommodation for rent. The
group subsequently assisted in bringing new
housing to the area. Currently, the group is
leading the re-development of the Battery
Harbour for tourism and local fishermen’s
usage and is carrying out an environmental audit
of the local shoreline with the aim of
creating a public access walkway.
The Battery Harbour Co was formed along with
community, council, private sector and leisure
users. One of its long term aims is the
regeneration and enhancement of the harbour
Cottage is home to the Muintirevlin Historical
Society and Coyle’s Cottage Women’s Group.
Cottage is a 300 year old restored fisherman’s
situated on the Western shores of Lough Neagh
townland of Aneeterbeg in Ardboe
Muintirevlin Historical Society had its
beginnings in the
early 1980’s. The group is not merely a local
history society, but possesses a diverse range
sub-committees and activities including a
conservation group, a women’s group and
the Gort Moss Walking Club.
Gort Moss Walk passes through an area teeming
with wild animals, birds, insects, rare flora
and fauna and a variety of trees and bushes.
The walk will take you along the ramparts of the
old turfland which supplied local people with
fuel for centuries.
Other activities promoted by the society are
adult education training, historical research,
history talks, music nights and a fiddle
The group has a web site at
Coyle's Cottage Women's Group
Coyle’s Cottage Women’s Group was formed in
January 1994. Prior to 1994, the women of this
rural area had no group or meeting place and
found themselves very isolated.
The group's objectives were to bring women of
the area together, to provide educational
classes and social activities. Some highlights
include an Exhibition of Arts and Crafts for
Women’s Day, a festival in Cookstown, the
hosting of a group of German women in 1996 on an
international visit and the making of a
television documentary on rural women.
The Kinturk Cultural Association was set up to
spearhead the cultural development of this
rural community, rich in folk-lore and custom,
literature and music. The Kinturk Cultural
Centre is a focal point for activities which
includes a “ceilidh house’ for music, dancing,
storytelling and clan gathering. The centre is
situated close to Curran Quay used by
fishermen on Lough Neagh and to Gort Moss.
The centre includes an interpretative display
on the Lough Neagh fisherman and a thriving
restaurant and bar facilities.
Loughshore FMD Support Group
Loughshore FMD Support Group was set up in
2001 to counteract the consequences of foot
and mouth disease in the area and to provide
support to farmers / communities in the
Auld Lammas Fair Group
The Auld Lammas Fair Group is a historical
festival association which promotes social and
cultural activities along the Loughshore area
by organising an annual community festival and
other social events throughout the year.