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For centuries, Dungannon's fortunes were closely tied to that of the O'Neill dynasty which ruled a large part of Ulster until the 17th century. The traditional site of inauguration for 'The O'Neill', was Tullyhogue Fort, an Iron Age mound some four miles northeast of Dungannon.
The clan O'Hagan were the stewards of this site for the O'Neills.
The castle was partially excavated in October 2007, by the Channel 4 archaeological show Time Team, uncovering part of the moat and walls of the castle.
In 1973, the town became the seat of the new district of the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.
The club has never quite reached senior cricket as it has limited resources and relies on the District Council for a ground. The club represented Northern Ireland in European competition in 2005–-06.
O'Neill hinted that they had been ordered to rise by the King and later produced a commission which he claimed Charles had issued to him.
Cricket was kept alive by the Royal School, Bankers and the RUC until 1939 when the Second World War broke out.
The club was reformed in 1948 mainly due to the efforts of Eddie Hodgett and the NCU leagues in 1952 and continues to do so to the present time. is the town's local team, which plays in the IFA Premiership, and is Tyrone's only representative in the league, following Omagh Town's collapse.
In 1782, the town was the location where the independence of the Irish Parliament was declared by members of the Protestant Ascendancy who controlled the parliament at the time. The deadliest attack in the town was on 17 March 1976, when a loyalist car bomb attack on the Hillcrest Bar killed four Catholic civilians.
On 24 August 1968, the Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ), the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), and other groups, held Northern Ireland's first civil rights march from Coalisland to Dungannon.