Newmills is a small village in east County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, three miles from Dungannon and two miles from Coalisland. Newmills gets its name from a corn mill and kilns that formerly stood in the area. Local amenities include a primary school, a local shop and a number of churches. It currently has a population of approximately 400 people. The River Torrent flows through the village.
The most prominent feature of the village is the war memorial in the centre of the village. The old village pub, the VC Inn, was named after Robert Morrow's Victoria Cross. Newmills also has a primary school consisting of approximately 100 students and 4 teachers. It also has 3 churches, Wright's Tyre Garage, a children's playgroup, with three staff and 24 children and a football pitch.
Places of interest
- Annaginny Fisheries is a stocked and managed put and take rainbow trout fishery consisting of four lakes, two for fly-fishing only and two for spinning and worm fishing.
- Roughan Castle and Roughan Lough are situated a mile outside Newmills on the road to Stewartstown. The castle was built in 1618 by Sir Andrew Stewart and was once the refuge of Sir Phelim O’Neill, leader of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 in Ulster. He was captured there in 1653 and taken to Dublin, where he was hanged for treason. The small square castle is three storeys high with a central tower. Roughan Lough contains a Crannog and is currently the home of the Mid-Ulster Waterskiing club.
- Newmills Presbyterian Church. There has been a worshiping congregation at Newmills since 1835. At present the congregation is part of the Presbytery of Tyrone, and is a united congregational charge with Carland Presbyterian Church. At present there are one hundred and forty families connected with the congregation. Currently the minister is the Rev. David Brownlow, who was installed there by the Presbytery of Tyrone on Wednesday, 3 September 2008.
- Newmills is in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council area at the geographic centre of the Torrent ward.
- Association Football is most popular local sport, and a number of teams from Newmills enter local leagues in the South Tyrone area.
Table Tennis is a very popular sport in Newmills with many great players coming from the Tullanisken club.
- Robert Morrow, received the Victoria Cross for bravery on 12 April 1915 near Messines, Belgium during World War I. He was killed in action on 26 April 1915.
- Lydia Mary Foster, novelist, writer and poet, was the daughter of Rev. James Foster, the Presbyterian Minister of Newmills from 1850 to 1890.
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