First Year Timeline

  • Sacred Heart Church reopens

    The Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty welcomed a large congregation on Sunday 30th August to the dedication of the new altar in the century-old church. Describing the church as a "microcosm of the entire community of Omagh".
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  • Omagh Fund officially launched

    The Omagh Fund was officially launched on September 29th and officials said they hoped to raise £12 million for bomb victims and families who lost loved ones in the August 15th attack.
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  • Brandywell match

    French soccer star David Ginola captured the hearts of Londonderry as the city paid its respects to the victims of the Omagh bombing last night.
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  • Claire and Boyzone

    Claire Gallagher, a talented musician, who was blinded in the bomb, arrived at St Joseph's Hall with her family thinking that she was to make a recording for Noel Edmund's Christmas day show, totally unaware that she was to have a private audience with...
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  • Baby Lucy

    On the 4th December Karen, who was injured in the Omagh bombing, gave birth to Lucy in Altnagelvin Hospital. Lucy and her parents survived the bomb - they were in Kells shop in Market Street when the bomb exploded.
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  • New York fundraising

    Committee members from the Omagh Relief Fund of New York handed over a cheque for $129,000 to members of Omagh District Council, having organised numerous fundraising events in the city.
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  • Donation of £20,000

    On the 16th February the Omagh Support and Self Help Group received £20,000, raised during one evening at the Shelbourne Park Greyhound Racing in Dublin.
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  • Petals of Hope Rays of Light

    The floral tributes which flooded Omagh in the immediate aftermath of the August 15th bombing last year have gone on display in the town's library in the form of delicate paper art.
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  • Redevelopment plans

    The district council revealed that work is due to start on the reconstruction of Omagh's Market Street within the next few months.
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  • Prince Charles returns

    Prince Charles returned to Omagh on the 5th May and met with bereaved families and some of those injured in the Market Street bombing.
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  • To Swim with Dolphins

    The 24th June saw a very touching tribute to teenage Omagh Bomb victim Jolene Marlow. The Loreto grammar school choir joined Father Brian D'Arcy and others to launch a 15 track album commemorating her life.
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  • Governor Owens

    A United States politician yesterday offered hope to two grief-stricken communities when he visited Omagh and met victims of last August's Real IRA bomb. Governor of Colorado Bill Owens presented the Omagh Fund with £31,250 from the Worldwide Ireland Fund
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  • Thousands gather to remember

    Thousands gathered in Omagh to remember the victims on the first anniversary of the bomb. A central part of the ceremony was a symbolic 'Gathering of Tears'.
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