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Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK


A weekend when Omagh remembers

People who helped at the scene are still being treated for trauma

A number of events are taking place this weekend to commemorate the worst terrorist atrocity of the Norhern Ireland Troubles.

The County Tyrone town of Omagh will come to a virtual standstill for two days to mark the first anniversary of the bomb which killed 29 people and injured more than 300.

From Friday evening, the town was closed off with no through traffic until Monday morning.

A temporary Garden of Remembrance where people can lay floral tributes, has been created at Market Street, the scene of the bomb.

The flowers will later be recycled and used to sustain a special rose garden, created at the Tyrone County Hospital in memory of the bomb victims.

Anniversary events


  • Omagh Methodist Church will be open for personal and private prayer.

  • All shops in the town will close for one hour from 1430 to 1530.

  • 1510 Church bells will toll to mark the beginning of an informal short ceremony in Lower Market Square.

  • 1800 An anniversary mass is being held in Sacred Heart Church, Church Street.

    All day the Cyber Café at Sedan Avenue will be open for young people and the Bridge Centre base for the Community Trauma and Recovery Team and other voluntary organisation, will be open on Saturday and Sunday.


  • 1045 Morning service at St Columba's Parish Church.

  • 1455 Main anniversary ceremony in High Street with a simultaneous service at Market Square in Buncrana.


    Omagh Library will be displaying a number of items relating to the bombing.

    These include condolence books, a collection of patchwork quilts, Petals of Hope/Rrays of Light floral art exhibition and a selection of the sympathy messages sent to the people of the town. The display will run for two weeks.

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