Video: Youngsters join the ‘big dig’ at Tullyhogue Fort near Cookstown

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Youngsters from the Cookstown area will be getting their hands dirty in the coming days as they search for the remnants of Hugh O’Neill’s coronation chair at Tullyhogue Fort on the outskirts of the town.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency in partnership with the local District Council are planning to develop the site and improve access after the digs are completed.

Primary 6 pupils from Ballytrea Primary School, Stewartstown, with Excavation Director Brian Sloan sitting on the coronation stone at Tullyhogue.

Primary 6 pupils from Ballytrea Primary School, Stewartstown, with Excavation Director Brian Sloan sitting on the coronation stone at Tullyhogue.

Primary 6 children are joining in a series of planned excavations at the historically significant site.

Adults can also put forward their names as volunteers to help the team of archaeologists.

On September 18 there will be an open evening when the Environment Agency and Cookstown Council will be on site to show interested members of the public around.

It is advisable to book as numbers are limited - contact the Burnavon Box office as soon as possible.