• First reports

    21 died at the scene, hundreds more were injured. Of the injured, 11 are described as critical. First reports said that 113 had been detained in hospital.
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  • Political leaders return to UK

    As the stunned people of Tyrone and Donegal tried to take in the horror, news of the atrocity encircled the earth.
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  • Volunteers arrive to help

    Volunteers from all over the province and from the South arrived at the hospitals, that were treating the injured, to offer help. Spanish doctors flew into Northern Ireland with relatives of the injured to work along side hospital staff.
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  • Names released

    Police officially released the names of the 28 people who had died. The final total of 29 was reached 3 weeks later, on the 5th September, when Sean McGrath died in hospital.
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  • Call for more blood donors

    Medics reiterated their call for donors to come forward to replenish blood supplies. More than 600 units of blood were used in the first two days to treat the victims of the bomb but more supplies were needed to treat those patients still in hospital.
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  • The flowers

    Floral tributes arrived, in their thousands, from around the world. At the end of one message the heartfelt words "We came because we care". The tributes came from throughout Ireland, the UK mainland and from across the world.
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  • Manuel Blasco pledges to return

    The father of the Spanish boy killed in Omagh pledged to defy the terrorists by sending his other children on summer courses in Ireland.
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​The Omagh Bomb

 

On the afternoon of Saturday 15th August 1998 at 3.10 pm. a car bomb exploded in Market Street, Omagh killing 29 people and two unborn children as well as injuring 370 people. It remains the largest loss of life of any single incident in the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Development of the Archive

 

Since 1998 library staff collected and collated information relating to the tragic events of 15th August 1998 and its aftermath, with a view to creating an archive. Omagh Support and Self Help Group (OSSHG) also collected relevant material.

In 2001 the WELB and OSSHG decided to work in partnership and seek funding to develop a searchable database of all the material collected.

This significant and challenging project has involved many people throughout the community. Both organisations have contributed to the project in different ways in order to make this information easily accessible and available for both victims and their families as well as  for researchers and academics from the local community and across the world.