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Historical Talks at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

8th October 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is linking up with local historian, Vincent Brogan, for a short series of FREE historical talks at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh. The first talk which focuses on the town of Omagh and its development during the 19th century, takes place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 commencing at 7.00 pm.

Omagh emerged from the ashes of its Great Fire in 1742 to become the County Town of Tyrone.  Vincent’s talk will look at the factors which influenced its growth and examine the important developments and actions which took place during the 19th Century that shaped the town as it’s known today.

A second talk taking place on Thursday 14 November 2019 also commencing at 7.00 pm will explore early Church sites in the Omagh area. Church ruins are often the only historical buildings and sites which have survived over the centuries. Such sites have a particular significance for all sections of the community as they continued to be used for burials long after they ceased to serve as places of worship.

Because of their relevance to the people as a place of burial and the reverence accorded to the dead, they have remained largely undisturbed and still possess an aura of quiet reflection. However, the ravages of time have taken their toll and they deserve a better future. This talk will reflect on the stories connected with these sacred places and seek to identify for them a place in the modern era.

The historical talks programme is one of 16 programmes as part of the Peace IV Building Positive Relations Programme included in the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan to benefit from a total funding package of £2.8m to deliver projects across three key strands: Shared Spaces and Services, Children and Young People and Building Positive Relations at a Local Level.

This project is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for this project was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Admission to the talks is free but booking is essential.  Places can be booked online at or contact Strule Arts Centre Box Office on 028 8224 7831