Co. Tyrone

Co. Tyrone's geographical position between Lough Erne and the Sperrin Mountains made an ideal training ground for the US Army during the Second World War.

County Tyrone

Co. Tyrone

United Kingdom

County Tyrone in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 3,155 square kilometres and has a population of about 177,986.

It shares borders with Co. Fermanagh to the south-west, Co. Londonderry to the north, and Co. Armagh to the south-east. On its north-eastern side is the Lough Neagh.

Northamptonshire Regiment in Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Imperial War Museum Photo: H 17112 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). A patrol from 4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment advance warily alongside a hedge during training in Omagh, Co. Tyrone on 5th February 1942. Photo taken by Lieutenant JR Bainbridge - Official War Office Photographer.

Geography

It is the largest of the six counties in Northern Ireland although historically the lands were much larger, stretching as far as the River Foyle. The county town and settlement with the largest population is Omagh.

History

The county takes its name from the town of Tír Eoghain, the Irish phrase for the land of Eoghan. This was a large Gaelic kingdom ruled by the O’Neills until the 17th century.

Villages and Towns

Map showing Ardboe, Co. Tyrone

Ardboe, Co. Tyrone

Co. Tyrone

Ardboe is a village in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It lies near Cookstown and was redveloped during the 1940s with the building of the Cluntoe Airfield.

Map showing Caledon, Co. Tyrone

Caledon, Co. Tyrone

Co. Tyrone

The village of Caledon, Co. Tyrone lies near the border with Co. Armagh. During World War Two, it provided bases for British, American, and Belgian forces.

Map showing Fintona, Co. Tyrone

Fintona, Co. Tyrone

Omagh , Co. Tyrone

The small market village of Fintona, Co. Tyrone and neighbouring rural areas changed greatly between 1942 - 1944 with the arrival of the United States Army.

References

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