Hallowe’en in Enniskillen to get £4k less than Omagh


THE COUNCIL has allocated over £4,000 less to Halloween celebrations in Enniskillen than in Omagh, however this is due to higher operational costs in Omagh.

A packed programme of events has been lined up for the superhero celebrations in both towns, such as fireworks, fancy dress, and fire jugglers. However questions were asked as to why initially it appeared Omagh had more activities planned than Enniskillen.

When the Fermanagh Herald queried this with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC), they said £16,880 had been allocated to Enniskillen, and £21,130 to Omagh. A spokesman said the difference in budgets was mainly down to the cost of hosting the fireworks and operational costs.


“The fireworks display in Omagh is launched from the roof of Strule Arts Centre. The display uses highly specialised low debris pyrotechnics which is suitable for a town centre location. The cost of using pyrotechnics increases the expenditure for the Omagh event,” they explained.

“Event spaces at each location require varying levels of lighting and sound systems, this is reflected in the operational costs of each event.”

The spokesman said Halloween celebrations across the district had been designed around a family fun, with activities this year based on the theme of superheroes. The programmes had been prepared by the Council events team, which is made up of both council staff and elected councillors, and were subsequently approved by a working group.

The Enniskillen Superhero Halloween event will begin at 6pm on Halloween night. Among those attending the event will be the “Belfast Avengers” Iron Man, Captain America, and Spiderman, who will be on the search in the Broadmeadow for a new superhero to join the team.

There will be fancy dress spot prizes, handed out from 7pm, while the firework display will beginning on Castle Island at 8pm. See for more details

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