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Covering an area of some 1200 square miles in the heart of Northern Ireland is Tyrone, an inland county with spectacular scenery from the wild Sperrin Mountains in the north, sweeping down to the rich pastoral lowlands of the south. County Tyrone has an abundance of crystal clear waterways including the Rivers Mourne, Derg and Owenreagh.

Derived from the Irish ' Tir Eoghain', County Tyrone has a rich historic culture with evidence of human settlements dating back 6,000 years. The most well known neolithic remains in Tyrone is that of the Beaghmore Stone Circles near Cookstown. The Ulster History Park near Omagh has recreated an excellent presentation of life in Ireland over the past 10,000 years. Fine examples of imposing High Crosses can be found at Ardboe and in the centre of Donaghmore village.

One of best open-air museums and flagship visitor attraction in Tyrone is the Ulster-American Folk Park. The award winning Park tells the story of emigrants to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries and has more than 30 historic buildings on site.

Visitors to County Tyrone can enjoy the wonderful outdoors and natural landscape with an array of activities. The Sperrins offer superb hill walking and cycling, abundant wildlife; and angling throughout a maze of rivers and loughs. The River Strule and Fairy Water near Omagh are renowned for excellent coarse fishing; while the Rivers Mourne, Derg and Camowen offer plentiful salmon and trout fishing. There are several top class Golf Clubs and Courses across the County, equestrian centres and charming country villages to visit.

Towns in County Tyrone

Omagh is the largest town in Tyrone. Other significant townships are Strabane, Dungannon, Cookstown, Clogher, Aughnacloy and Castlederg. The population of County Tyrone is just over 150,000.

Business Information

Four District Councils administer County Tyrone: Omagh, Cookstown, Strabane and Dungannon. Together and individually they promote economic development in Tyrone and within their respective boundaries. Traditionally, Tyrone is a rural based county of dairy, beef and tillage. Agri-business is now primarily beef production and meat processing, milk based products and animal feeds. Custards for Birds Eye, Nestle's dried milk products and yoghurts are all produced in the County. Engineering is the principal industry in Tyrone. The manufacturers of mobile screening equipment for the quarry Industries are world leaders. There is some 90 engineering Companies across the county, Powerscreen being the most well- known. Although Tyrone has a high percentage of quarries, much of the equipment produced is for export. Clothing is still a significant sector in County Tyrone with the production of linen, general clothing and hosiery being the largest employers in this industry.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries
Omagh District Council
Tel:(44) 01662 245321
Cookstown District Council Tel: (44) 01648 762205
Strabane District Council Tel: (44) 01504 382204
Dungannon District Council Tel:(44) 01868 720300
LEDU Western Regional Office Tel:(44) 01662 245763
Tyrone Economic Development Initiative Tel: (44) 01662 248444
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
www.nics.gov.uk

Tel: (44) 01232 529900
Industrial Development Board
www.idbni.co.uk
 Tel: (44) 01232 233233
LEDU Head Office
www.ledu-ni.gov.uk
 Tel: (44) 01232 491031
Bank of Ireland Head Office NI  Tel: (44) 01232 246901
Ulster Bank Business Banking  Tel: (44) 01232 897777
Northern Bank Business Programme Tel: (44) 01232 245277
Northern Bank Business Programme Tel: (44) 01232 245277
 
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment supports economic development in Northern Ireland. On their website at www.nics.gov.uk is a multitude of helpful information and links where and how to find business development assistance. The subsidiary body of the Industrial Development Board is responsible for inward investment into Northern Ireland and funding assistance for indigenous manufacturing and tradable services businesses with over 50 employees. LEDU, The Small Business Agency, assists local businesses with up to 50 employees. They have regional offices across the North. Local Enterprise Agencies support and work with the LEDU programmes. A list of local agencies is available from the LEDU Head Office.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

County Tyrone is on the main road between Dublin and County Donegal. Bus Eireann and Ulster's both operate a service across the county. The nearest ports to Tyrone are Larne and Belfast, with ferries to Scotland, Liverpool and the Isle of Man. The Belfast City and International Airports are a short drive away.

Airports

Belfast City Airport
www.belfastcityairport.com

Tel: (44) 01232 457745

Belfast International Airport
www.bial.co.uk
Tel: (44) 01849 422888

Ferry  
Stena Line
www.stenaline.com

Tel: (44) 01232 747747


P&O European
www.poef.com



Tel: (44) 01574 872147

Norse Irish Ferries
www.norse.irish.ferries.co.uk
Tel: (44) 01232 779090
   
Bus  
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie
Tel: (353) 01 836 6111
   
Ulsterbus
www.translink.co.uk
Tel: (44) 01861 522266
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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