Service to mark 19th anniversary of Omagh bomb

A reflective silence as people at an Anniversary Service of the Omagh Bomb.


Victims, survivors and relatives of those caught up in recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London will be in the thoughts of those who gather for the 19th anniversary on the Omagh Bomb which is being held on Sunday.
On August 15, 1998 a bomb planted by dissident republicans detonated in Omagh town centre killing 29 people and two unborn twins. 
Up to 200 people are expected to gather for the 19th anniversary on Sunday, to remember all those caught up in the atrocity, and those still struggling with the devastating consequences of the explosion.
Despite the passing of almost two decades, Cat Wilkinson from Omagh Support and Self Help Group who are hosting the memorial anniversary service for the 14th consecutive year, said the attendances each year had shown how much people from across the country still care and remember the victims of bomb.
She said this year’s anniversary was also marked by the series of terrorist attacks in England over the last 12 months.
“We are expecting between 150 and 200 people to come along on Sunday for the anniversary service,” said Cat.
“Each year, the anniversary has been very well supported. Often with atrocities, as the years pass, it is only the immediate families who come along to remember. But in Omagh we have people travelling from across the country, from Cork, Donegal and Belfast.
“It is great that so many people still want to remember and show their support and it means a lot.”
She continued, “This year, also has added significance with the terrible attacks in London and Manchester. These attacks brought back a lot of memories for people here and they want to show their support on Sunday for the victims and families. 
“We have been in contact and working with support services in Manchester after the attack, to offer any help or advice that we can.”
On Sunday, the service of music, prayer and verse will be held in the Memorial Garden at 3pm.  
The inter-denominational service will have speakers from all major religious organisations and will be accompanied by local talented artist Leslie Matthews and St Eugene’s Band.
Cat said the service “brings together elements in a format that celebrates life whilst acknowledging the suffering that took place and that is still evident today”. 
After the service, tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided at the Library, Spillars Place. 
“Everyone is welcome to attend and you will have an opportunity to visit the Omagh bomb archive area and view the stain glass window of hope that was created by the Omagh bomb victims and survivors,” Cat added.

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