Launch of St Patrick’s Day, Omagh ‘Get Green for 17’

St Patricks Day 2017

Published: 16th February 2017

The Strule Arts Centre was the setting for the launch of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s 2017 St Patrick’s Day festival, which this year has a ‘Get Green for 17’ theme to raise awareness of recycling, the environment and sustainability.

Officially launched on 10 February by the Chairperson of the Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, the programme of events promises an action-packed day of fun filled activities and free entertainment in Omagh on Friday 17 March. The colourful, multi-cultural St Patrick’s Day Parade featuring local community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, schools and Bands will leave Omagh County Hall car park at approximately 1.30pm, bringing music and magic to the streets as it weaves it way through Omagh town centre.

Pio McCann will compere the entertainment on the OASIS Plaza, which will include a selection of multi-cultural music and dance presented by Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre. The lineup of performances will include the Scallon Sisters, local Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann groups and Newtownstewart Highland Dancers. For the younger audience, there will be mesmerizing entertainment from Duff Balloons, a fun Selfie Mirror and the ever-popular face painting.

For those who prefer the comfort of indoors to enjoy the traditional entertainment, the Strule Arts Centre will provide a comfortable venue on the day to enjoy local traditional musicians and dancers, or to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the parade from the comfort of the Strule Café. Visitors will also be able to visit the Gallery and view the St Patrick’s Day primary school art exhibition, featuring a range of delightful works by local primary school children.

Strule Arts Centre is now home to the Roof Top Museum which is a new and exciting space displaying many interesting artefacts associated with Omagh and surrounding district. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council museum staff will be on hand during the day to talk about the collection and discuss future plans.

In Omagh Community House, Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group will be on hand in their craft workshops to provide children with some creative experiences of crafts from around the world, including crafts from Poland, Greece, Hungary and China and to browse through local ethnic artist’s exhibitions.

Q Radio Mega Blaster Bus will bring fun to Omagh town centre when popular presenter Stevie King will be out and about talking to spectators live on air, giving out prizes and getting everyone involved in a St Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt!

ISL and BSL sign language interpreters will be in attendance on the day. A quiet space will also be available at Strule Arts Centre throughout the day for those who may need some time away from the crowds and noise.

For further information please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Events Officer T: 0300 303 1777 Ext 20417 or E: events@fermanaghomagh.com

This event is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and supported by the Public Health Agency.

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