Countdown on to Omagh’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Published: 15th March 2016

With just a couple of days to go until 17 March, final preparations are currently being put in place for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh.

The St Patrick’s Day event, which is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, includes a packed programme of free entertainment and festive activities taking place across Omagh throughout the day.

From 12 noon the OASIS Plaza will host family entertainment plus 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.

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.

In the town centre, 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 1.00 pm.

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 follows a new 1.5 kilometre looped route to enhance the festival atmosphere. From Omagh County Hall car park the parade will snake its way to Omagh Court House before moving around the back of the building and finishing at its starting point, Omagh County Hall car park.

ISL and BSL sign language interpreters will be located at the front of the Court House to interpret parade participants as they pass by. There will also be 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.

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 visit www.fermanaghomagh.com.

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, the Public Health Agency and Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink.

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