Donaghmore has a long association with
heritage, culture and entrepreneurship renowned for
its High Cross dating back to the 8th Century and in
more recent times the local Brewery, Brown’s Soap
Works and St. Patrick’s Pipe Band and Burgess
Estate. Historically, conventional agriculture has been
the main source of employment in the area.
During the early Christian and Medieval periods the
area was part of the ancient Parish of Donaghmore and
through its association with the O’Neill family
associated with Co. Tyrone and the Flight of the Earls
and its inextricable links for many centuries. In the
Churchyard a stone pillar stands to the great Hugh O’Neill,
erected by one of his descendants.
From the seventh to the 12th century, crosses and High
Crosses went up all over Christian Ireland and there
is a superb example of this at the top of the main street
in Donaghmore village. Donaghmore is where St. Patrick
is said to have founded a religious establishment in
the 5th Century.