AN OMAGH diner will kindly provide hot dinners and entertainment to the lonely, bereaved and those in financial difficulty on Christmas Day.
The heartfelt gesture, by Mollie’s Takeaway & Diner, will see guests treated to a four course Christmas meal, wonderful entertainment, music and games, all the while connecting with people in an atmosphere of festive cheer.
Each visitor who has pre-booked their place will also be given a very special bespoke gift from Santa, which has been donated by local people and businesses within the Omagh area.
Co-owners of Mollie’s, Stephen and Paula McConnell said the kind initiative was to ‘give something back’ to the people of Omagh who have given them great support since the premises opened six months ago.
“My family believes that no-one should be spending Christmas Day alone,” Stephen said.
“We have toyed with organising something like this on Christmas for a while, but it was something that we didn’t have the facilities for until recently.
“When we receive messages from people saying that they want to book their place as they have lost both parents recently, or that they are lonely as they have no family close by, then it all makes sense why we are doing this.”
During the event those in attendance will enjoy a music set by Owen McNulty with a glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine, before tucking into their meal.
Gifts received will be tailored to a person’s gender and age, there will be a raffle and games of pass-the-parcel and bingo, and everyone will win a prize.
While Stephen will be spending Christmas with his wife and children, Niall (5), Finn (4), Mollie-Kate (3) and Tiernan (1), he will also be coming along to the event to greet the guests.
“We want the people of Omagh to feel loved, included and important,” Stephen said. “For us, it is just as much about the companionship as it is the dinner, and so we’ll also be laying out the tables in a way that everyone is sitting beside each other.
“If we can bring a smile to our guests in need this Christmas, then it will all be worth it.”
Ahead of the event, Stephen has expressed his thanks to all individuals, volunteers and businesses who have banded together to support the day.
He has also said a massive thank you to Marianne Marechaux and Jennie Shiels for helping him organise the event.
• Mollie’s Takeaway & Diner, located at 26 Gortin Road, Omagh, will be open from 12noon to 3.30pm on Christmas Day. If you would like to book your place, contact Mollie’s on 02882241266. Transport will also be available to and from the diner on the day.