Mid-Ulster Mail – Saturday 15 April 1899
LOUGH NEAGH AS A SUMMER RESORT
As will be seen by our advertising columns, the new pleasure steamer Pioneer is now plying on Lough Neagh, and tourists can no longer complain of not having an opportunity of visiting the different places of interest along the shores of Lough Neagh.The Pioneer has arranged for a daily service between Maghery Ferry and Toomebridge for goods and passenger traffic, and it may be safely said that a more bountiful expanse of water could not be found in the three kingdoms than from Maghery Ferry to Toomebridge, with a full view of Tyrone among the bushes. The tourist – whether he be a lover of the canvas, an archaeologist, historiographer, or antiquarian – can have ample material to make it worthwhile visiting Lough Neagh. When leaving Maghery, the round tower of Derrywarragh will first attract the attention of the tourist. This is a very old structure, dating back to the early ages. Next comes the castle of Mountjoy, erected in 1602 by Lord Mountjoy as a stronghold, and defended by Sir Francis Roe’s foot company.
Next is the Old Cross at Ardboe, standing 20 feet in height, erected in the 9th century in memory of St Colman. It is still in a good state of preservation. The old cross, with its churches and abbey adjoining it, is certainly admitted to be one of the most antiquated spots in Ireland. Being within ten minutes’ walk of Newport Trench, it is well worth the notice of everyone interested in the antiquities of Ireland. After leaving Newport Trench, the next place of interest is the old castle at Salterstown. Needless to go into details, as almost everyone is familiar with its history. The last place of interest on the west side of Lough Neagh is the eel fishery at Toomebridge, which certainly ranks as one of the finest and most lucrative fisheries in Ireland.
Further reference to the history or beauty of Lough Neagh and its surroundings is unnecessary as Mr JE Treanor, of Newport Trench, has just published a pretty little pamphlet entitled A Guide to Ardboe and Shores of Lough Neagh, which deals fully with every item worth note round the shores of the lough; and as the guide only costs 8 pence, it will be found an invaluable little book to every tourist. Hotel accommodation is amply provided for by Mr Ross, Maghery Hotel; Mr James E Treanor, Battery Hotel, Newport Trench; and Mr F Grant, O’Neill Arms Hotel, Toomebridge.
The fact that the services of Mr Daniel Treanor has been secured as general manager means success to the enterprise, as his labour in the past has done wonders in the development of Lough Neagh as a tourist resort. The public may now rest satisfied that with such an energetic and practical manager as Mr Daniel Treanor, their wants will be fully considered and amply provided for.