Mid Ulster: We are in the middle of nowhere... and yet the centre of everywhere

Seamus Heaney unveiling the life-size bronze sculpture in Bellagy which is an interpretation of the Nobel Laureate's most famous poem Digging.mm15-313sr
Seamus Heaney unveiling the life-size bronze sculpture in Bellagy which is an interpretation of the Nobel Laureate's most famous poem Digging.mm15-313sr
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Last week saw the celebration of National limerick day and after countless weeks of coming on here and sniping over elections and general discontent, I thought I would present my very own ditty about the Mid Ulster Mail, which has been publishing news for the last 125 years.

Maybe I have also been inspired by the impending opening of the new Seamus Centre in Bellaghy - you see - I do mention the good things that are happening.

Lagan's Road in Anahorish which is one of the sights expected to be included in a literary trail showcasing the Mid Ulster celebrated in Seamus Heaney's poetry.

Lagan's Road in Anahorish which is one of the sights expected to be included in a literary trail showcasing the Mid Ulster celebrated in Seamus Heaney's poetry.

And if you turn to pages 32-33, you will get a first look at the exciting new ‘Home Place’ of our legendary poet.

I’m sure he would cringe at the following few lines, but here goes...

We are in the middle of nowhere

And yet the centre of everywhere

For the folks in the big smoke We are just culchies with yokes

For the folks in the big smoke

We are just culchies with yokes

But from the shores of the Lough

To the foot of the Sperrins

Mid-Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times Regional Editor Peter Bayne and Deputy Regional Editor Michael McGlade are delighted with the new look website.INMM3813-396SR

Mid-Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times Regional Editor Peter Bayne and Deputy Regional Editor Michael McGlade are delighted with the new look website.INMM3813-396SR

You will find the Mid Ulster Mail

And a community spirit that will always prevail.