About the Event
Taking place on Thursday 17 March 2016, this year’s St Patrick’s Day event, with the theme ‘Sharing heritage and traditions’, includes a programme of free entertainment and activities across Omagh throughout the day.
The OASIS Plaza will form part of Omagh’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations for the first time with family entertainment such as face painting, balloon modelling and children’s craft from 12 noon. There will also be music, song and dance from Omagh Youth Community Choir, Blue Thistle Highland Dancers, Irish dancers and Blackthorn traditional folk group. There will also be a selection of local food vendors, all under the cover of a marquee, who will cook food to order using fresh local produce.
Strule Arts Centre
A programme of music, dancing and family entertainment will also be on offer at the Strule Arts Centre from 12 noon. As well as performances by Dromore and Trillick Comhaltas groups, singing in Irish and sean-nós dancing, a Food and Craft Market will also take place within the complex on the day. Local artisan food and craft produce will be available to sample and purchase. There will also be cookery demonstrations from the Silverbirch Hotel’s resident chef, Declan O’Donaghue.
The St Patrick’s Day primary school poster exhibition featuring entries from local primary schools will also be on display at the Strule Arts Centre. The exhibition will run until Saturday 2 April.
St Patrick’s Day parade
At 1.30 pm the colourful, multi-cultural St Patrick’s Day Parade featuring local community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, schools and bands will leave Omagh County Hall car park and bring music and magic to the streets.
This year’s parade will follow a new 1.5 kilometre looped route to enhance the festival atmosphere. It will snake its way to Omagh Court House where it will be welcomed by Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly. The parade will then move around the back of the Court House and finish at its starting point, Omagh County Hall car park.
Town centre entertainment and accessibility information
St Eugene’s Band will provide musical entertainment from 12.30 pm while Dun Uladh musicians and St Patrick’s Day parade compere, Pio McCann, will be outside Omagh Court House from 1pm.
ISL and BSL sign language interpreters will also be located at the front of the Court House to interpret parade participants as they pass by with an access area for spectators with access requirements to provide a clear view of the stage and parade.
A quiet space will also be available at the Strule Arts Centre throughout the day for those who may need some time away from the crowds and noise.
A number of fringe events will also take place at the Strule Arts Centre in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. These include a free sean-nós dance workshop on Friday 11 March, a festival concert ‘Ceolchoirm na Féile also on March 11, The Whistlin’ Donkeys album launch on Saturday 12 March and a primary schools céilí on Tuesday 15 March. For further information on St Patrick’s Day fringe events please contact the Strule Arts Centre directly on 028 8224 7831 or visit its website.
For further information on the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Events Officer by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or download the event brochure from the related files panel on this web page.
St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh have been made possible by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with support from the Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by OFMDFM and the Public Health Agency.