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All Roads Lead to Omagh for Omagh Music Festival!

𝐎𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐡 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐝 returns for 2023 and will take place on 3 and 4 November in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh with a wonderful weekend of events planned. 🎺
 
Saturday 4 November will see a 15 strong band perform hits from Omagh’s very own Plattermen. While there were many ‘Showbands’ on the island or Ireland, The Plattermen were one of the very few that were universally acknowledged as among the very best throughout the glorious sixties.
 
In 1971, after announcing in ‘Spotlight’ that they were ‘going kind a heavy!’ they recorded the remarkable album ‘Old Devil Wine’. This was a testament to the music they lived by at that time – driving, funky, rock music fronted by a world-class horn section with the inimitable vocals of Rob Strong, all to be recreated on this special occasion.
 
‘Talk and Taste Experience of the Showbands’ will take place on Friday 3 November with Omagh’s very own Showband members and friends. This experience includes a captivating talk, access to the new and exciting exhibition and a high tea experience!
 
Join in the conversation as the Showband members and friends share their iconic stories over the years and how this shaped music for generations and immerse yourself in the sights and the sounds of the Showbands by viewing the exhibition which is in place for a limited time only. The ‘Sights and the Sounds’ exhibition reflects the rich history and cultural impacts of Omagh’s music scene including a costume display showcasing some of the styles from the 1950’s onwards and virtual elements introducing some of the distinguished sounds of that time.
 
Then make your way over to Main Street, the former home of the Royal Arms Hotel, for a Showband themed High Tea and reminisce over some scrumptious treats.
 
There were many sides to The Plattermen. While there were many so-called ‘Showbands’ in Ireland, The Plattermen were one of the very few that were universally acknowledged as among the very best throughout the glorious sixties.
 
In 1971, after announcing in ‘Spotlight’ that they were ‘going kind a heavy!’, they recorded the remarkable album ‘Old Devil Wine’. This was a testament to the music they lived by at that time – driving, funky, rock music fronted by a world-class horn section with the inimitable vocals of Rob Strong, recreated on this occasion for one night only by a 15 strong band.
 
Speaking about Omagh Music Festival, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:
 
“I am delighted that the Council is once again hosting the Omagh Music Festival weekend to celebrate the rich musical heritage in the local area.
 
Omagh is home to many renowned and talented musicians and singers that locals are proud of and the Music Festival provides an opportunity to showcase their talents.
 
The Omagh Music Festival Weekend promises to be a weekend of top quality music and reminiscence with a variety of events to suit all ages.
 
I would encourage anyone with an interest in music, and particularly the Showband era, to go along to the Festival to experience the talent and celebrate a unique part of the heritage of Omagh.”
 
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked through Strule Arts Centre – www.struleartscentre.co.uk or 028 8224 7831.

Glenpark Halloween Disco

Join us for a wicked fancy dress disco at Glenpark Estate on Tuesday 31st October! Music and dancing from 5pm to 7pm. Ticket includes train ride and sparkler per guest.  Wear your best costume for a chance to win a prize! Suitable for children aged 5-11 and accompanying adults. Please note a seperate ticket must be purchased for each child and each accompanying adult. (Under 1s do not require a ticket.)

Glenpark SEN Friendly Halloween Party

Enjoy a sensory Halloween experience with activities including paint and bubbles, sand and water play. Dress to impress with your best Halloween costume!

Tickets include tea, coffee and shortbread for adults or a snack and a cold drink for children. All adults and children attending must have a ticket. Each family group must be supervised by at least one parent/carer/adult. Under 1s do not require a ticket.

Glenpark Estate Halloween

Time to make some plans!!

It’s just weeks to Halloween and we’ve got you covered for your family experience this year.

Who’s up for a spooky trail and a pumpkin patch??🎃🎃🕸️🕸️

We’ve loads of things to see and do on your visit!!

 

Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st October

10am – 7pm each day

Autumn Family Adventure

Join An Creagán for an Autumn Family Adventure.

📆Wednesday 1st November 11am-1pm

📆Thursday 2nd November 11am-1pm

£6 per child (Under 1s and Adults go free, all children must be accompanied by an adult)

💥Autumn Arts & Crafts

💥Wild Woods & Playgarden

💥Scavenger Hunt

💥Courtyard Games

💥S’mores at the campfire

💥Pottery Wheel & Clay Activity

Hallowe’en Torchlight Tours: In the Shadow of the Bog

Time: 18:00 to 22:30 

The soil beneath our feet holds many secrets

Something long buried has been disturbed by Patrick McSorley after a day of cutting turf at the bog, and a dark, dreadful energy has been awakened. The McSorley family, and all who cross their path, will pay a terrible price for reviving this darkness and will discover that some spirits can prove extremely difficult to exorcise…

Come along to our annual Torchlight Tours as we bring Hallowe’en of old to life at Ulster American Folk Park. Torchlight Tours will take place on the following dates;

  • Friday 28th October
  • Saturday 29th October
  • Monday 31st October

What to know

  • Tours will begin at 18:00, running every 15 minutes, until the final tour commences at 22:30.
  • Please ensure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your allocated time slot as this will be when your tour departs.
  • Torchlight Tours are recommended for ages 12+ and under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Tickets are £14.50 per person. If you require a carer’s ticket, please email info@nationalmuseumsni.org or call 028 8224 3292.
  • As this is an outdoor event, we recommend you bundle up warm and wear appropriate clothing and footwear!
  • Please note – Torchlight Tour tickets do not include general admission and the museum will be closed off to non-Torchlight Tour ticketholders.

Book your ticket through the link below.

Happy Haunting!

Hallowe’en at Ulster American Folk Park

Dare to be different and experience a truly traditional Hallowe’en full of superstition, history and folklore at Ulster American Folk Park.

Step back in time as you discover traditions of old, and learn how the people of rural Ulster celebrated Hallowe’en over the last two hundred years. Listen to tales of lore and misfortune, do some barn dancing and taste delicious Hallowe’en fayre like barmbrack and apple tart.

Then find out how old traditions were brought across from Ulster and how new traditions were created in America. There’ll also be children’s crafts and a Hallowe’en trail for little ones to follow as they search for the missing turnips and pumpkins around the Park.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled…as you never know what you will find as you walk the Park!

Opening Hours

  • Saturday 28th October – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday 29th October – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Monday 30th October – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Tuesday 31st October – 10:00 to 16:00

Book your general admission tickets through the link.

Date: Saturday 28th October to Tuesday 31st October
Age group: All

Scotland And Ireland – Intimate Strangers & Wider Resonances BY DR DONALD SMITH

Come along to this special lecture where the stories of our common identities are linked to landscape and the power of place by master storyteller, Dr Donald Smith, on Saturday 14th October.

Dr Donald Smith will discuss the close ties between Scotland and Ireland and how this has been portrayed through storytelling traditions. We’ll be looking at themes of memory, identity and connection – connecting with ourselves, others and our environment. Although these themes are universal, Donald will discuss them with special reference to Scotland and Ireland and their common storytelling traditions.

Donald argues that our identities are first shaped by our common landscapes, with its varied contracts of land and sea, highland and lowland, rural and urban. Despite these distinctive landscapes, our coastal geographies make us a very open, restless, and passionate group of people, but often divided between the tug of home and the need to branch out.

Dr Donald Smith has discovered some very old storytelling traditions which seem to meet a contemporary need – to explore and share identity without aggression or conflict. Storytelling is first and foremost about live encounters between people, and Donald excels at this – his simple storytelling is both rich and elusive. He believes that storytelling is a crucible in which the matter of ordinary, shared experience may be transformed into something unique and special.

What to know

  • This is a free event however booking is necessary.
  • Tea/coffee and registration in the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, located at the Ulster American Folk Park from 10:30
  • For more information, please contact Liam Campbell, Director at Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at Liam.Campbell@librariesni.org.uk

Sean Donnelly Concert

In the beautiful setting on An Creagán, enjoy Sean Donnelly as he sings to the crowd on Saturday 30th September@ 8.30pm. Tickets £10.00

The Furey’s in Concert

The FUREYS are one of Ireland’s all-time most acclaimed and influential middle of the road, folk and traditional bands. Fureys’ classics such as I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, Red Rose Café, Leaving Nancy, The Old Man, From Clare to Here, The Green Fields of France and Her Father didn’t like me anyway have become the soundtrack to the lives of fans all over the world.

The Fureys’ indelible musical footprint shows no signs of reaching a final destination.

The Furey brothers were still trying to make it as folk singers in the late Sixties when Eddie Furey shared flats in Scotland with then fellow folk stars-in-waiting, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty (of Baker Street fame).

Eddie and George are particularly proud of their UK chart success with songs such as I Will Love You and When You Were Sweet Sixteen, which in turn helped bring Irish folk and traditional music to a completely new audience.

Eddie recalls how several musicians have told him they were influenced after hearing a Fureys record from their parents or grandparents. Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics started out as a stage hand working in a theatre in Newcastle and credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on the guitar. Eddie would return the compliment by joining Dave on stage in Paris for a jam during the latter’s wedding to Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey.

Halloween Spooktacular Sing-along at the Silverbirch

Monday 30th October 2023 at 4pm

Come along to our Halloween Spooktacular in association with Loc-Down Events. Get ready for a fantastic event with live sing a-long performances from the Sanderson Sisters & Wednesday Addams. Spot prizes for best Fancy Dress and much much more….

All Adults and Children over the age of 2 years require a ticket for this event.

Tickets on Sale Monday 31st August at 10am from Eventbrite

Halloween Movie & Treats

Sunday 29th October 2023 at 5pm

Price: £35 per family

Includes Admission to ‘The Adams Family’ Movie, 2 Pizzas, Complimentary Popcorn, Halloween Colouring Competition and Spot Prizes for Fancy Dress!

To Book Call:

028 8224 2520

Altan at Dún Uladh

We are delighted to welcome Altan to Dún Uladh on Saturday 14th October!

📆 Saturday 14th October
⏰ 8 pm
📍Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre

Prebooking is advised, so book your EARLYBIRD tickets now at https://www.dunuladh.ie/whats-on/dun-uladh-events/267/

For more information, email info@dunuladh.ie or give us a call on 02882242777

‘BACK TO THE SIXTIES TOUR’ at The Abingdon Collection

The Abingdon Collection.

‘BACK TO THE SIXTIES TOUR’

A chance for all ages to experience the music, cars, motorcycles, toys, TV’s, radios, Choppers and pedal cars from the 1960’s.

This is a unique experience to relive old memories and make new ones. There is no charge for admission but a contribution to

Cancer Research UK is welcomed. Booking is essential and can be made by contacting Philip on philipfaithfull@hotmail.co.uk

Or phone 02882243373. Family groups welcome.

www.theabingdoncollection.com

This event is available to book on request this Autumn, contact Philip to arrange a time that suits you.

Fermanagh & Omagh Walking Festival

Fermanagh & Omagh 23/24 March 2024: Four walks including:  Challenging walks exploring traditional routes of travel on Mullaghcarn Ridge (12km) and  over Doorish Hill linking to Meenadoan National Nature Reserve (10km).  Moderate looped walks with a foraging guide in Gortin Glen Forest Park (8km) and exploring upland geo-ecology between Lough Bradan to Sloughan Glen (8-9km).

 

For further information on the Sperrins Walking programme and to book your place visit https://farandwild.org/land/   or  https://sperrinspartnershipproject.com/sperrins-walking/ #SperrinsWalking.

Sensory Walk at The Grange Park

An inclusive sensory walk event for all ages with multi-activity for all ages.

Omagh Business Awards 2023

The night of nights for Omagh’s business community to celebrate the best the district has to offer.
Awards given for categories such as ‘Family Business of the Year’, ‘Best Daytime Eatery’, ‘Outstanding
Sales Team’ and much more!

Ticket price includes drinks reception, 3 course dinner and entertainment.

A Night With The Country Stars 2023

Get the stetsons at the ready folks as back by popular demand ” A Night With the Country Stars” returns for another night of toe-tapping magic that features 5 of Irelands top performers all on one super show. The fabulous line-up will include the supreme vocalist from Sligo Patrick Feeney, the wee man from Drumlish Declan Nerney, the popular John McNicholl, the wee man from Strabane Hugo Duncan and the Yodelling maestro Kenny Archer who each will perform their trademark hits in the company of top backing band Keltic Storm. This is a rare chance to see this super array of acts all on one stage and one thing is for sure if its Country Music you like, then this is the only show in Town.

The Hen Do

Have you been missing Bridesmaids Becky? Worry no more! Because bonkers Becky from the smash hit, Bridesmaids of Northern Ireland is back – and this time it’s SHE who is getting married!

Alongside her little sister Katie and her Mum Sally, Becky heads to Ibiza for her ‘away hen’. Between meeting every ex Becky’s ever dated, being put through their paces by a ‘beefy’ Scottish aerobics instructor and spending the night banged up abroad, Becky’s ‘Hen Do’ inevitably gets wild.

To top it all, Becky and her sister learn that their mum never had the chance to have her own Hen Do and conspire to give their Mum the time of her life.

Expect glowsticks, cocktails, banging tunes and loads of chaos, as our gang celebrate dysfunctional family relationships and free tequila on this roller-coaster of a Hen Do.

Written by Diona Doherty, ‘The Hen do’ is her much anticipated follow-up to Bridesmaids of Northern Ireland

Suitable for those aged 14+

An Creagán – Tornoge Cottage

TORNOGE 2 BEDROOM (DOUBLE & SINGLE BED IN EACH ROOM)

Two bedroom cottage, all on ground floor. Both bedrooms have a king and single bed, one room has a wet room shower ensuite and the second has a bathroom. Bed linen and towels provided. Spacious kitchen/living/dining area with fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and crockery. The cottage is oil central heatedand has an additional log burning stove with starter pack provided, additional logs can be purchased on site. Patio doors opening into garden with barbeque area.

Meadows Camping Field

Nestled close to the beautiful market village of Gortin, at the foot of the Sperrin mountains. The Meadows is a wonderful hideaway campsite.

Meadows Camping Facebook Page

Johnny Brady – New Years Eve at Lola’s

New Years Eve In Lola’s
Dance the night away to Johnny Brady
Doors open 21.15

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