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Omagh

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This article is about the town of Omagh. For the film of same name see: Omagh (movie).

Omagh (Irish Gaelic, An Ómaigh) is the county town (and largest town) of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, situated where the rivers Drumragh and Camowen meet to form the Strule.

It received international attention with the Omagh bombing of 1998, which killed 29 people — 13 women (one pregnant), 9 children and 6 men.

The Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh includes the cottage where Thomas Mellon was born in 1813, before emigrating to Pennsylvania, in the United States when he was five. His son Andrew W. Mellon became secretary to the US Treasury.

The town is also the home of Irish League club Omagh Town FC.

It contains the headquarters of Omagh District Council. In both the Westminster Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly, Omagh is completely contained within the West Tyrone constituency.

Omagh is the birthplace of internationally renowned song writer Jimmy Kennedy, who wrote Red Sails in the Sunset, the Hokey Cokey and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. Also born in Omagh is Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park.

Omagh is currently twinned with the town L’Hay Les Roses in France.



Omagh Facts

Population Of The Town Of Omagh -

1981: 14,627

1991: 17,280

2001: 19,910

The following figures are for Omagh District Council Area which incorporates villages and rural areas surrounding the town of Omagh.

Population -

1982: 44,417

1992: 46,372

2002: 48,919

2005: 49,560

GROWTH: 5,143 (8.64 %)

Population Density - 42 per km2

Home Ownership - 72 %

Unemployment - 4.5%

Car Ownership (Households) - 75 %

16-74 Population In Work - 56 %

Figures according to NISRA census 2001.


See also:

List of towns in Northern Ireland

Showgrounds Retail Park

Great Northern Road Retail Park

Main Street Mall

Omagh District Council

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