Council Launches ‘The Poems and Paintings of St Patrick’ Primary Schools’ Art Exhibition

12th March 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council launched its annual St Patrick’s Day Children’s Art Exhibition, in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on Friday 8 March 2019.

The exhibition entitled ‘The Poems and Paintings of St Patrick’ was officially opened by the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton.

Speaking at the exhibition opening Councillor Thornton said;

“Since its inception, this event traditionally has been one of the highlights of the Council’s St Patrick’s Day festival programme. It has provided the opportunity for children from primary schools across the area to tap into their creative talent and to produce some exceptional pieces of artwork reflecting the chosen theme for the year. Once again, the schoolchildren have embraced this year’s St Patrick’s Day theme of “Land of Saints and Scholars” and it has certainly fired the imagination of the entrants.”

As part of the art project, local visual arts tutor, Julie Armstrong has been collaborating with Nancy Cook, International Writer in Residence, in six primary schools in Omagh to help the pupils to produce pieces based on the theme.

The exhibition launch marked the start of the 2019 St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh.

The exhibition will run at the Gallery in the Strule Arts Centre until Saturday 30 March 2019. Opening hours of the Gallery are 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday and admission to the Gallery is free.

For more information on St Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Omagh please visit or contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Events Management Team on 0300 303 1777 or textphone 028 8225 6216.

This event has received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by The Executive Office.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is also supporting St Patrick’s Day festivities in Enniskillen.