Often deemed Northern Ireland's "third city", Omagh's history is as rich and diverse as its homogeneous lower-class residents. Originally founded in the ninth century as a leper colony, the town today boasts some 68,300 residents, with numbers set to increase to 103,070 by 2025. Omagh is known throughout the world for its annual dogshows, famous playwrights, and first-rate rollercoaster factories, amongst other things.
Omagh made international headlines in 2001, when a mini-tornado completely leveled the town's Russian district. The financial impact this had on the entire island led the EU to briefly consider rescinding Ireland's membership.
Consistently voted Northern Ireland's seventeenth most popular hotspot, all public transportation in the province is geared towards Omagh and its surrounding suburbs. Thrice-hourly buses and trains from the inferior "cities" of Belfast and Derry will transport you comfortably to the town's pristine bus station, which glimmers in the sunlight like a jewel fit for the kings of olde. If unlucky enough to choose a non-direct mode of transport, other stops en route (such as Strabane, Dungannon, and soforth) should be avoided at all costs. The only phrase you'll need is: "A single to Omagh, please!"
Omagh International Airport (OMI) has been flagged by low-cost airline Ryanair as a potential new Tyrone base. Passengers could soon be flying to a variety of international destinations for less than ten euro, as early as January 2010.
Omagh prides itself on it's consistent election of maverick candidates to local office. A result of this is the large number of bizarre landmarks and attractions that are scattered about the town; made as throwaway election promises, but delivered nonetheless. Take some time exploring the light rail network, and you can fit in the majority in a few short days.
No visit to Omagh or the surrounding areas would be complete without dabbling in the local tradition of streetdrinking. This is usually accompanied by copious amounts of Buckfast, a tonic wine produced in Devon, but insanely popular in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the Republic. Popular drinking hotspots include the Grange Park and the Riverbank (both accessible via the red railway line - stops: Omagh District Council and Omagh College, respectively). Go ahead - give it a try!