The Church of Ireland Mens’ Society 2007 outing will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Flight of the Earls.
It was September 4 1607 when the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell, along with a close circle of family and associates, boarded a ship at Rathmullan on Lough Swilly, bound for Spain.
This event became known as The Flight of the Earls and is widely regarded as one of the most enigmatic events in Irish history. The Earls represented the cream of Gaelic Society.
To mark the anniversary, the annual CIMS outing on June 9 will visit related sites in the Cookstown and Dungannon area. A coach will leave St Nicholas’ Church Hall, Lisburn Road, Belfast, and will pick up at Sprucefield, Portadown and Dungannon
Members will have coffee in Cookstown, before a service of Holy Communion in Desertcreat Parish Church, at which the presiding minister will be the Very Revd Patrick Rooke, Dean of Armagh. This will be followed by soup and sandwiches in Tullylagan Manor.
In the afternoon the group will visit a number of locations in the area associated with the Flight of the Earls and will dine in Viscounts Restaurant in Dungannon in the evening.
More information on the Church of Ireland Mens' Society is available on the CIMS website.