From 1939 to 1957, the people of Omagh took the train to Bundoran and “returned with more than they should”.
The humorous story of the last train journey in 1957 will be recalled in a short one-act dramatisation at the Strule Arts Centre, on Thursday, March 21 at 7.30pm.
Admission is free to this production of ‘The Sugar Train’, written and directed by local dramatist, Bean McCaugherty.
He said, “The Sugar Train takes a humorous look at the shenanigans of the people of Omagh and elsewhere, and how they could bypass rationing by taking advantage of the goods available across the border, and bringing the tea, the butter, the eggs, the tobacco and the sugar etc. back home again on the train, much to the dismay of the dreaded customs men.”
This production, hosted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, is part of the ‘Railways to the West’ programme. The PEACE IV funded programme focusses on the Great Northern Railway which passed through the villages in Mid and West Tyrone and Omagh on its journey from Portadown to Derry until its closure in 1965.
It is one of 16 projects identified in the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan to benefit from a total funding package of £2.8m to deliver projects across three key strands: Shared Spaces and Services, Children and Young People and Building Positive Relations at a Local Level.
The project is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the showing of ‘The Sugar Train’ next week. While admission is free, please book your tickets by contacting Strule Arts Centre box office on 028 8224 7831 or book online at www.struleartscentre.co.uk
‘Railways to the West’ is being delivered by Insight Solutions on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. For further information on how to get involved, contact Fergal O’Donnell from Insight Solutions on 0771 362 3264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.