INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS VISITING NORTHERN IRELAND:
Did you know?
Sam Neill the New Zealand/Austrailian actor famous for movies such as Omen 2 and Jurasic Park was born in 1947 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. He lived in a boat house on Tyrella Beach, County Down until he and his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was seven years old.
The first iron and steam ship, Brunel's SS Great Britian ran aground in Dundrum Bay, County Down in November 1846, within a few years of being launched. There was serious doubt as to whether she could be refloated. Brunel himself advised that if anyone could rescue the ship then the man to do it was the naval engineer James Bremner of Wick. Bremner was engaged and the Great Britain was refloated in August 1847. However, the cost of the salvage bankrupted the Great Western Steamship Company, and the SS Great Britain was sold and turned into an emigration ship.
Map of Northern Ireland
View map in Google Maps (opens in new window)
Or you may prefer this non-interactive map - click the map for a larger version (opens in new window)