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Thousands flock to St Patrick’s Day celebrations

The St Patrick's Day parade fills High Street in Omagh.  MC 33

The St Patrick’s Day parade fills High Street in Omagh. MC 33

THOUSANDS of people donned in bright green flocked to Omagh to celebrate this year’s St Patrick’s Day.

As the luck of the Irish saw the sun beam down, the ‘Sharing Heritage and Traditions’ themed event boasted a packed programme of free entertainment and festive activities across the town.

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Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, it was the first time the OASIS Plaza formed part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Throughout the day, the location was host to a programme of family entertainment, food, music, song and dance.

A fun-filled programme of family entertainment, including food and craft markets and cookery demonstrations, was also on offer at the Strule Arts Centre.

The colourful St Patrick’s Day parade, compared by Pio McCann, featured more than 40 local community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, schools and bands.

It was led through the town centre by chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Thomas O’Reilly, who said he was “delighted” with the attendance.

“Not only is this the tenth anniversary of this wonderful event celebrating the life of our Patron Saint but it is also the first St Patrick’s Day parade to have been organised as a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council event,” he said.

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“Both legacy councils have, over the years, shown great commitment to providing people with events geared towards engendering a sense of civic pride. I am pleased that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is determined to build on that tradition.

“This is my first visit to the St Patrick’s Day parade in Omagh and I am delighted that so many people have turned out to watch the parade on such a beautiful day.”

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