Omagh memorial lifted into place

AN obelisk has been erected in Omagh in preparation to mark the 10th anniversary of the town bombing.

Work began yesterday morning on the feature in the Garden of Light – the memorial area to the victims of the atrocity, in Market Street.

Obelisk designed Sean Hillen said: "I felt very strongly we needed something that would be lasting into future and which the people of Omagh could see as theirs."

Omagh will mark the 10th anniversary of the 1998 bombing atrocity in August with a number of commemoration events.

The Omagh Support and Self Help Group will hold a special memorial service on Sunday, August 17.

The short service of music, verse and prayer will be held at 3pm in Omagh Memorial Garden, Drumragh Avenue, Omagh.

The group has over the past five years organised the anniversary service on the Sunday closest to the date of the bombing.

Omagh District Council, however, is organising a separate service on Friday, August 15, in the town centre when the new memorial garden of light and crystal heart will be unveiled at Market Street.

An exhibition of the Petals of Hope project will also be featured at Strule Arts Centre to mark the anniversary from August 11-22.

It involves a display of handmade paper, created by those affected by the Omagh bomb, incorporating flowers sent from around the globe in the aftermath of the attack.

Portrush-based artist Carole Kane led the creative workshops. More than 30 individually framed pieces of handmade art were exhibited in Omagh, Buncrana, Dublin and Belfast in the months after the bomb.