Moygashel

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Moygashel
Moygashel, County Tyrone - geograph.org.uk - 258948.jpg
Moygashel is located in Northern Ireland
Moygashel
Moygashel shown within Northern Ireland
Irish grid reference H809603
• Belfast 40 mi (64 km)
District
County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNGANNON
Postcode district BT71
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
TyroneCoordinates: 54°29′04″N 6°45′11″W / 54.48452°N 6.75296°W / 54.48452; -6.75296

Moygashel (from Irish: Maigh gCaisil, meaning "plain of the stone fort")[1][2] is a small village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is near the southern edge of Dungannon. Although the village's name is pronounced /mɔɪˈɡæʃəl/, the trademark of the Irish linen named after it is pronounced /ˈmɔɪɡəʃəl/ (with the stress on the first syllable).[3]

History[edit]

Moygashel is a mill town and mills have been in operation there since 1795. A group of Huguenot settlers (ancestors of the Webb family, the present owners of Moygashel Weavers) established an Irish linen weaving company there, weaving some of the finest linens in the world.

The Linen Green[edit]

The Linen Green is built on the site of a former linen mill. It was established in 1993 by Moygashel Community Development Association as the first factory outlet village in Ireland. The Moygashel Linen Visitors' Centre is also based there. The complex offers clothing, food, giftware and a physiotherapist.

Schools[edit]

People[edit]

A banner commemorating Wesley Somerville on Moygashel's Main Street, 2013

One of the bombers killed in the Miami Showband massacre, Wesley Somerville—who was an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) member—was from Moygashel.[4] He is commemorated by a plaque and banner in the village.[5]

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