Young people all aboard the ‘Railways to the West’ Project

7th May 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s ‘Railways to the West’ project continues to steam ahead.

Focusing on the Great Northern Railway, which passed through villages and towns in Mid and West Tyrone and Omagh on its journey from Portadown to Derry/Londonderry until its closure in 1965, ‘Railways to the West’ is one of 16 projects taking place across the district as part of the £2.8 million Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan.

The Local Action Plan is being delivered by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match funding for the project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

The ‘Railways to the West’ Project has seen over 100 children take part in numerous events and trips, recalling and celebrating the rich history and heritage of the Great Northern Railway while building positive relations.

On Saturday 6 April 2019, 48 children aged from 7 – 12-years old, made their way by bus from Omagh to Derry/Londonderry before boarding the train at the station to make the scenic journey along the coast to Coleraine.

This was a first for many of the children who attended, to enjoy the excitement of a train journey, before having some lunch and a game of bowling at The Jet Centre in Coleraine.

‘Railways to the West’ is being delivered by Insight Solutions on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

For further information on the ‘Railways to the West’ programme please contact Fergal O’Donnell from Insight Solutions on 0771 362 3264 or email fergal@insight-solutions.org.