One of Tyrone’s most important ancient sites - Tullyhogue Fort outside Cookstown - is to receive a major investment of almost £500K over the next two years.
On Tuesday, the Environment minister Mark H Durkan revealed that £80,000 will be spent over 2013/14 and a further £400,ooo spent at the site in 2014/15.
Tullyhogue will get enhanced visitor access, car parking and facilities to enable visitors to enjoy the magnificent history and rich cultural legacy of this place.
It will also allow future works to connect to historic woodlands nearby, and the wider heritage, tourism and recreation infrastructure of the wider area.
The investment is part of £4m spend by the Executive on heritage sites across Northern Ireland.
Mark H Durkan said: “This £4million is a tremendous boost for our iconic historic sites and properties in Northern Ireland.
“Overseas visitors and local people will be enriched with a much better, much more exciting experience. Schoolchildren will marvel even more so at our rich past.”
The Environment minister added: “This will be a major shot in the arm for our tourism industry.
“It will create many more jobs and boost the economies of the areas in which these historic sites are located. Studies show we don’t harness the economical potential of our built and natural heritage as much as other countries in these isles.
“I want to change that.
“My vision is for a better environment and a stronger economy and this investment will go some way towards achieving that.
“I also welcome the better access for people and the better use community groups can make of these sites.”
Tullyhogue is an ancient ceremonial site where chieftains of the O’Neill dynasty of Tyrone were inaugurated.