Issue 156

ot157A lighter read with Omagh Today….
With most of what you read at present focusing on the more serious issues of Brexit, Trump and the RHI debacle, it’s up to Omagh Today to keep you abreast of the more light-hearted happenings around the district.
This week, our Big Interview is rather different from the norm. It features an interview conducted with the late Any Ward who reflects on her war-time experiences and working as a ‘secret typist’ with Lord Louis Mountbatten. Mrs Ward, who passed away earlier this month, spoke of her years of service as a member of the WAAF and time spent in India and Singapore. Continue reading

Issue 155 – Happy New Year!

ot155Hello 2017!
Well here we are – we missed all the Christmas and New Year madness and we’ve skipped straight to mid-January! Hopefully you’ve all recovered from the excesses of the festive season and stepped into a brand new year full of motivation to make it a great one.
One local face who’d determined to make this year count is musician Lee Matthews. You might not realize until you’ve read his story but Lee’s had a few near misses with superstardom in his time and lady luck hasn’t always smiled on him – but you can’t keep a good man down and with talent and hard work he’s hoping 2017 will be his year! Continue reading

Issue 154!

ot154Ho ho ho…Merry Christmas!
OK so not for another ten days, but since this is our last edition before Christmas we couldn’t miss the opportunity to send each and every one of our readers our best wishes for a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Omagh Today wouldn’t be what it is without you and we thank you for your support throughout the year!
As you might guess this issue takes on a very festive feel and we kick things off with a look at the good old days when thousands of turkeys used to be plucked and prepared for the Christmas table at premises on John Street – a huge source of seasonal employment and with many a fascinating story behind the old pictures that a local historian has unearthed. Continue reading

Happy birthday Omagh Today – Issue 153!

ot153Happy birthday to us!!
It’s the first of December – exactly six years since the very first copies of this little magazine first appeared on shelves around the Omagh district – and what a ride it has been! We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person that has and continues to make it possible for us to do what we do – our wonderful contributors, the amazing people who tell us their stories and invite us to photograph their events, the retailers who sell the mag, our advertisers, our printers at Ecclesville – and of course you, our fabulous readers!
Backs to this issue then and we’re bringing you an inspiring story of courage in the face of devastating illness. When Megan Boyd from Pomeroy was only 21 she was told she had a dangerous form of leukaemia – out of a clear blue sky her life was turned upside down and indeed hung in the balance until a selfless bone marrow donor saved her. Read her amazing story inside! Continue reading

New! Issue 152 – read now!

ot152Feeling the chill?
After the longest, loveliest autumn we can remember in a while it definitely feels like winter is coming and it’s a good job really because without a bit of cold weather, Christmas might just sneak up on us! The weeks are flying in and with less than six to go until the big day, festive fever is getting a grip on Omagh’s inhabitants too!
Now one local man who is no stranger to an icy chill is Plumbridge’s Eric McFarland who works for the BBC on many of the high-profile shows we know and love – and his most recent posting took him all the way to the Arctic circle where he just happened to have a close encounter with some polar bears that ended up on national TV! We caught up with Eric to find out more about dicing with death to get that perfect camera shot, and his fascinating career so far. Continue reading