Ever wanted to cut your own glass? Now you can with an exclusive visit to the former Tyrone Crystal factory, just one in a series of tours being hosted by Lough Neagh Partnership.

The Lough Neagh Tours meet the artisans tours series continues with two new and exciting tours this month. On Sunday 12 June, Lough Neagh Partnership is hosting an exclusive Tyrone Makers Tour with guests invited to take a trip into the lives of those who have dedicated their lives to the culture and heritage of life on the Lough’s shoreline.

You’ll be able to celebrate the skills and crafts of the Tyrone Makers in Coalisland at the bog museum, the industrial weavers factory and Tyrone Crafted Glass, with tours on the hour from 10am until 3pm.

At the bog museum and weaving factory, you will explore the good old days and view the treasure house of exhibits and artefacts which reveal so much about the rich and varied history of Ireland before the ice age. You’ll see the looms in the weaving factory and industrial museum which men and women spent their days working on to create garments which were sold around the world.

Tours start at Island Turf Craft Shop and are priced at £3.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased on arrival and children go free.

After touring the bog and industrial weavers museum you can take a short stroll to Tyrone Crafted Glass, previously the Tyrone Crystal factory. Former staff of the factory have breathed new life into it with the opening of their own artisan craft studio, producing a range of high quality glass products including chandeliers! Following an introductory talk on the history of glass making, you can try your hand at the ‘cut and keep’ workshop to take home your very own handmade Tyrone Crafted Glass.

Tickets for this tour are priced at £15.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased on arrival.

For more information on the Tyrone Makers Tour, please visit:

Next up on Saturday 18 June, visitors can immerse themselves on a food and culture tour experiencing life on the south and west shoreline of Lough Neagh with a visit to Noreen’s Nettles. With a coach departing from Belfast at 10.00am via Moira, guests will meet Noreen, a lady passionate about nettles and their nutritional properties. Guests will enjoy a bowl of nettle soup while Noreen demonstrates the art of making nettle fifteens! Then you will be transported to Coyles Cottage where you will be able to see how a fisherman lived, in this traditional thatched cottage. You’ll meet Gary, a seventh generation fisherman who will demonstrate the art of eel skin tanning while he shares stories of his life on Lough Neagh. Coach will return visitors back to Belfast at the end of the tour.

Eimear Kearney, Marketing Manager at Lough Neagh Partnership, said: “At Lough Neagh Partnership we have developed this Lough Neagh Tours series to give visitors an opportunity to meet local people and immerse themselves in experiencing what life is like on the Lough Neagh shoreline. These tours provide an opportunity to showcase the local produce grown, manufactured and created by members of the Lough Neagh Artisans Group to the public.”

If you would like to find out more about the Life on the Shoreline tour and book a place, tickets are priced at £60.00 per person and can be purchased online at:

Follow Lough Neagh Tours on facebook – @loughneaghtours.

Lough Neagh Tours are hosted by Lough Neagh Partnership and Lough Neagh Tours artisan series is funded by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas and the UK Community Renewal Fund which aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.  #UKCOMMUNITYRENEWALFUND.

To find out more about the Lough Neagh Artisans Group, please visit: or follow Lough Neagh Aristans on facebook @loughneaghartisans; instagram @loughneaghartisans and twitter @artisansln.

If you would like further information about Lough Neagh Partnership, please visit: or follow Lough Neagh Partnership on facebook @loughneaghpartnership and on twitter @loughneaghpart.

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