Day 6

Thursday 20th

Eight more funerals

Sixmilecross, Omagh and the surrounding area saw eight more victims laid to rest. Postal services and public transport in Omagh were badly disrupted but no one cared. All that mattered was burying their dead and desperately trying to support the bereaved in any way they could. Clergy and lay people alike from every religion stood in each others places of worship to pray and to weep together.

Floral Tributes

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 and were placed alongside those from family and friends at sites in High Street, Lower Market Street and along the length of Strule Bridge on Drumragh Avenue. Candles burned brightly throughout the night at all sites.

Local papers

The two local Omagh papers published on Thursday reflected the entire community's anguish and heartbreak. Both papers carried the names and photographs of those killed on their front page.

Baby Chloe

The first ray of hope arrived with the birth of baby Chloe. Her mother Nicola Emery was injured in the bomb and hospital staff had been anxious for the well being of the baby. Nicola's mother was still being treated at the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast.

Watterson's shop

One business suffered more than most in Saturday's horrendous bombing. Three members of staff from Watterson's drapers were killed in the blast and another was seriously injured.