The town of Sion Mills is full of quirky and interesting buildings built in the 19th century. The power supplied by the River Mourne was the main reason why this linen mill was built here in 1835 by the Herdman brothers however a corn mill had existed here from 1640. In 1853, The brothers hired Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon, an architectural company based in Belfast to extend the complex which was done in an Italianate style. The village itself was laid out as a model linen village and many of the buildings are now listed. Sion Mills has a strong cricket tradition and was the venue for a celebrated moment in cricket history when the Irish team beat a West Indian side in July 1969. The name ‘Sion’ comes from the townland of ‘Seein’ which means the ‘seat of Finn’ in Irish.

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