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St Patrick's Day Festival launched    Wed 24th Feb 2010
Omagh District Council

Omagh District Council launched the programme for the fourth St Patrick’s Day Festival on Tuesday 23 February 2010. With the theme ‘St Patrick; A Man for All’,the festival will run from Tuesday 9 March 2010, culminating with a major outdoor event in Omagh town centre on Wednesday 17 March.

The highlight of the festival will be the open air concert and colourful St Patrick’s Day Parade which will have Omagh town centre buzzing with excitement from 1pm until 4pm on Wednesday 17 March. 

The concert will provide three hours of lively entertainment for everyone, with a mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish music and dancing. The concert will also include the up and coming band Beoga, who will provide a lively and unforgettable stage show with a selection of Irish music and ‘sounds from around the world’. The Wall Street Journal dubs them “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”

A colourful display of creative talent will be on show as the St Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way through Omagh town centre.  Local schools, community groups, businesses, sporting organisations and bands from all sections of the community within Tyrone will create an exciting multi-cultural carnival atmosphere. 

The St Patrick’s Day buzz will also be felt around the Strule Arts Centre, with an Arts & Craft Fair, which will take place between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. This has been organised in association with Tyrone Design Guild and combines a wide variety of contemporary and traditional craft products that will undoubtedly offer a unique shopping opportunity. 

Other events in the Festival include a celebration of Irish Film at Strule Arts Centre. Screenings include the 1952 production ‘The Quiet Man’ on Tuesday 9 March and the 1991 classic ‘The Commitments’ on Wednesday 10 March.  Both screenings commence at 8pm and are free of charge. 

In addition, two lectures will take place in Strule Arts Centre.  On Thursday 11 March Dr Tim Campbell’s lecture ‘Will the Real St Patrick, Please Stand Up’ will provide a deeper of St Patrick’s role in bringing Christianity to Ireland, and on Monday 15 MarchDr Pádraig Ó Baoighill will discuss ‘The Irish Language in Tyrone’.  There is no entry fee for either of these events, and both commence at 8:00p.m. Please book tickets at Strule Arts Centre Box Office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  

Brand new to the St Patrick’s Day Festival will be a Pre St Patrick’s Day Celebration which will be held in the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday 13 March.  This is a fun packed day not to be missed, with loads of family entertainment including a Bilingual Puppet Show for children aged 6-9years, Irish Language Singing Classes, Cuddly Characters and Balloon Modellers.  

Throughout the St. Patrick’s Day Festival the Strule Arts Centre will host an exhibition of posters celebrating Irish Sporting and Cultural Heroes. These have been created by school children from the Omagh District and wider area. The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 13 March and will continue until Friday 26 March 2010.

Speaking at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day Festival the Council Chairman, Councillor Patrick McGowan MBE, welcomed the festival as a celebration of all our cultures which will culminate in creating a vibrant festival of music, dance and colour. “The St Patrick’s Day festival is now in the fourth year and has become established as an enjoyable family celebration for everyone in the community as well as  visitors to the area, and the Council appreciates the enthusiastic cross-community effort which makes it such a success”, he added.

The St Patrick’s Day event is one of a programme of major events organised annually by Omagh District Council. Other events are the Halloween Fireworks event; the Christmas Lights Switch On event; and the Omagh Mid Summer Carnival.

Any groups who are interested in participating in the St Patrick’s Day event are asked to contact Coleen McCann at Strule Arts Centre Tel: 028 8224 7831. For any bookings please contact Strule Arts Centre Box Office on 028 8224 7831 or visit

This initiative is being delivered as part of theCultural, Heritage and Identity programme, in a partnership between Omagh District Council, Strabane District Council and Derry/L’Derry City Council. It is supported by the Peace III Programme and managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the North West Peace III Cluster.


For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, Public Relations Officer

Tel: 028 8224 5321ext 326  Email:

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