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The local area guide to living in Omagh

Omagh, Northern Ireland, is the county town of Tyrone. Sitting at the join of the rivers Drumragh and Camowen (known as the Strule), it is 68 miles west of Belfast and around 30 miles south of Derry. Omagh has a population of 21,300, and belongs to a district of over 51,000 making it the largest district in the county.

The name derives from the Irish "an Oghmaigh" which translates as 'the virgin plain'. It has had a Christian presence since around 800 CE, and had a friary on site since the 15th century, but was not formally founded as a town until the early 17th century. It played a part in the 1641 Rebellion, when it took in fugitives on the run.

Omagh attracts plenty of tourists every year, thanks to its fantastically beautiful parks, including the Ulster American Folk Park. It acts as an open-air museum and hosts big events during Easter every year, as well as on the 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas. Just to the north of Omagh is the Gortin Glens Forest Park, which is a breathtaking place to explore the area's natural wonders, and even in the town itself there is an usual amount of green space open to the public.

Information about the local residents

The population of Omagh has grown from 19,910 at the turn of the millennium to just under 21,300 as of the latest census. It has a fairly young population with an average age of just 34. A quarter of all people are under 16, while just 15% are over 60.

68.2% of the population are from a Catholic background, and 29.5% Protestant. 13.8% were born outside of Northern Ireland. In the wider area, 33.3% say they have a British national identity, 38.25% claim an Irish national identity and 30.97% say they have a Northern Irish national identity.

71.3% of houses in the are owned (of which 41.24% owned outright) while 25% are rented. The region has an unemployment rate of 4.8%, and a fairly low education rate with 43.23% of people possessing no or low level qualifications.

There have been several famous figures hailing from Omagh or living in Omagh. These include Willie Anderson, an Irish international rugby player, footballer Ivan Sproule, radio DJ Phil Taggart and film director Aoife Mcardle.

Nearby schools

Omagh is especially well served by a huge variety of schools of different denominations, approaches and atmospheres. No wonder, considering it is the headquarters of the Western Education and Library Board.

The secondary schools in the are Christian Brothers Grammar School, Drumragh Integrated College, Loreto Grammar School, Omagh Academy, Omagh High School, and Sacred Heart College. These schools are fed into by into by 10 different primary schools, including the beautifully named Gillygooley Primary School.

There is also the Omagh College of Further Education, which offers a range of vocational and higher education courses and has excellent facilities.

Getting around

Omagh used to be served by extensive railway networks during the Industrial Revolution. However, the stations and lines closed as many others did in the 1960s.

Today, the town instead has very good bus connections run by Ulsterbus. There are seven bus corridors running every day, offering reliable, regular and cheap transport to the local people.

There are initiatives to bring a rail network to Omagh again in the coming decades, and proposals have been submitted to the NI Department for Regional Development. However, there is not likely to be anything in place until 2050.

For motorists, Omagh is well connected with the A32, A5, A4 and A505 all providing quick links to nearby towns.

Local shops

As the largest town, Omagh is the primary shopping area and in the early years of the millennium it received more than £80 million in investment in an effort to develop its retail offering.

More than 60,000 square feet of space was created and now Omagh is a fantastic location for high street brands, independent boutiques, cafes, restaurants and more.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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