From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)
DUNGANNON.—Dungannon (Geanan's Fort) was the earliest seat of the O'Neills,and continued in their possession down to the year 1607. The O'Neill Castle stood upon a hill crowning the town, but was destroyed by Gerald, ninth earl of Kildare, and scarce a trace of it left remaining. From the warlike tendencies of this noble race it was exposed to the constant vicissitudes of war. There Shane, or John the Proud, held sway for years, and was virtually ruler of Ulster, until his treacherous assassination at the instigation of the English lord deputy; and this historic locality was the scene of many of the exploits of Hugh O'Neil, and Sir Phelim the leader of the great insurrection of 1641. In the parish church of Dungannon also the delegates of the Irish volunteers of 1782 met and issued their declaration that only the king, lords and commons of Ireland possessed the right to make laws for Ireland.
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