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Wreaths laid to mark 21 years since bomb atrocity

RELATIVES of some of the victims of the Omagh bomb laid wreaths at the town’s Memorial Garden on Thursday to mark the 21st anniversary of the Real IRA atrocity recently.

In a much more low-key event than in previous years, the family members placed the wreaths at the Drumragh Avenue site in memory of all the people who were killed or injured in the 1998 car bomb, which claimed the lives of 31 men, women and children.

Up until last year, the Omagh Support and Self Help Group (OSSHG), which represents some of the families of the victims, had arranged an annual interdenominational remembrance service on the Sunday closest to the anniversary.

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But, with two decades having passed since the town centre attack, the OSSHG announced last year that they would no longer be organising a formal event to mark every anniversary and, instead, would be holding a smaller, more private event.

Then, on Friday evening, the group held a ‘Remembrance Barbecue’ at their premises in Holmview Avenue to “bring people together”.

Michael Gallagher, of the OSSHG, said that it had been the group’s “own personal way” of marking the latest anniversary.

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