Omagh Workhouse remembered at Strule Arts Centre event

10th June 2024

A free event which will shed light on the history and legacy of Omagh Workhouse will take place on Thursday 13 June 2024 at 7.30pm at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.

At the event, local historian, Kenneth Collins, who encountered Omagh Workhouse through his work as an apprentice joiner in 1948 and later as a surveyor, will explore the Workhouse’s origins and societal impact and, with a unique personal perspective, provide a rare glimpse into the Workhouse’s transformation and legacy.

The event, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Omagh Heritage Forum, reflects a commitment to enhancing understanding and access to local heritage. The evening will offer attendees an insight into the social and economic forces that shaped the workhouse system, as well as the daily realities of life within its walls.

Encouraging people to attend the free event, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor John McClaughry, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to working in partnership with local communities to strengthen the collective knowledge and appreciation of our unique heritage.

This event will provide people with an interest in the past, with a comprehensive understanding of the Workhouse’s role and significance and this fascinating chapter in Omagh’s shared history.”

To book a ticket online please visit the Strule Arts Centre website at or contact the Box Office on 028 8224 7431.

For further information on the event, please contact Omagh Heritage Forum via email at or contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Heritage Development Officer by emailing or telephone 0300 303 1777.