Events held to remember lives lost in the Battle of the Somme

Published: 22nd November 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council held events in Enniskillen and Omagh on Friday 18 November 2016 – the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme – to remember all those who lost their lives in or were affected by the battle.

The events, which took place at the Broadmeadow, Enniskillen and the OASIS Plaza, Omagh, were planned in the spirit of remembering and commemoration and featured local people playing music and reciting poetry associated with the Battle of the Somme. Beacons were also lit at the OASIS Plaza by the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity and at Enniskillen’s Broadmeadow by the Council Vice-Chairman, Councillor Bert Wilson, followed by a minute’s silence for reflection.

The remembering and commemoration events were devised and developed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Remembering and Commemoration Working Group.

Speaking about the events, Councillor Garrity, said:

“The Council recognised that 2016 would be a significant year given the centenaries of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme and established a Remembering and Commemoration Events Working Group to ensure these events were marked with respect and inclusivity.”

The cross-party working group, which is made up of twelve Councillors, was established to provide oversight and direction to the Council’s delivery of and support to events, activities, projects and programmes marking the centenaries of 1916.

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