Derelict Omagh pitch to be transformed into amenity park

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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When you think of a family-friendly amenity park, you certainly don't think of mounds of rubbish. But did you know that one of Omagh's old rubbish tips is about to be transformed for a second time!
The development of a public amenity site at the former football grounds of Omagh Town Football Club at St Julian's Road has been doing the rounds for many years, but thanks to innovative thinking earlier this year this dream has become a reality.
St Julian's Road was the home of Omagh Town FC before the club folded in 2005, and had a capacity of 5,000. The club first leased the site, which had previously served as a rubbish tip, from the then Omagh District Council in 1987, with the stadium opening three years later.
In 1999 it hosted three sell-out matches against Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to raise money for the Omagh Bomb appeal.
But the demise of Omagh Town following their relegation in 2005 from ther Irish Premiership spelt the end of football at St Julian's Road. The stadium lay in a state of great disrepair and, like all abandoned buildings, nature reclaimed what it once owned.
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution ...


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