Council lights up buildings for Enniskillen and Omagh Purple Flag

23rd October 2018

Enniskillen Castle and the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, will be illuminated purple on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018 in recognition of the renewal of Purple Flag status for both towns.

The Purple Flag programme, which is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy in towns and cities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Just as Blue Flag is the acknowledged indicator of a high quality, safe beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out.

The ACTM recently renewed Enniskillen and Omagh’s Purple Flag status for continuing to offer a better night out to visitors.

Speaking about the renewal of the Purple Flag status for Enniskillen and Omagh, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Howard Thornton said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council works with a range of partners to enhance and promote the evening economy in both towns and to encourage more visitors to the area.

We are delighted that Enniskillen and Omagh has once again attained Purple Flag status in recognition of their quality entertainment, exceptional hospitality and in providing a safe night out for visitors.”

A number of local agencies and organisations including Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the PSNI, Department for Infrastructure, Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Enniskillen BID, Omagh Chamber of Commerce, FOCUS, and representatives from the community and voluntary sector work together to ensure that each town continues to provide great entertainment, exceptional hospitality and a safe night out for visitors.

Only five towns and cities in Northern Ireland have been awarded the coveted Purple Flag status – Enniskillen, Omagh, Bangor, Derry/Londonderry and Newry.

Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 70 towns and cities in the UK and Republic of Ireland.