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Omagh is a town in County Tyrone, on the western part of Northern Ireland. The town has a population of 20,000.

Omagh is the anglicised form of Óghmaigh, an Irish name meaning "virgin plain". The town traces its history back to Ad 729, when a Franciscan friary was built there. The modern town of Omagh was established in 1610. In 1768 it took over from Dungannon the role of county town for County Tyrone.

Omagh was not spared the Troubles of Northern Irealand. In 1998, 29 people there were milled when a bomb planted by the Real Irish Republican Army exploded in the town centre. As recently as April 2011, another bomb blast - this time claimed by a group of former Provisional IRA members - killed a police constable in Omagh.

Visiting Omagh

You can reach Omagh by bus from either Belfast or Derry.

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Places of Interest in Omagh

  1. Gortin Glens Forest Park
    A protected forest area some 16 km (10 mi) to the north of Omagh. It is a good hiking area with nature sights such as waterfalls and lakes.
  2. Ulster American Folk Park
    Public park in Omagh, site of cottage belonging to Thomas Mellon, whose son Andrew W Mellon (1855-1937) became a famous American banker, industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury.

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