After first becoming aware of the Omagh Choir through probably the most inspiring global music project we have seen to date, Playing for Change we decided to contact Daryl Simpson to tell him about our project connected to "Music as a uniting and transformational force" utilizing real stories. Stuart & I had the great fortune to fly to Norhern Ireland during October 2010 to film this module for our BMUKK film project, Creative Conflict Resolution in School & Society. There we met some incredible human beings, parents, sons & daughters, Protestants & Catholics, their compassionate secretary Mike and their humble and powerfully inspirational leader Daryl Simpson. Their story & their music is powerful so take a seat and be prepared to smile and to cry.
The Omagh bombing was a paramilitary car bomb attack carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), a splinter group of former Provisional Irish Republican Army , on Saturday 15 August 1998, in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Twenty-nine people died as a result of the attack and approximately 220 people were injured. The attack was described by the BBC as "Northern Ireland's worst single terrorist atrocity" and by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as an "appalling act of savagery and evil". Sinn Feiin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness condemned the attack and the RIRA itself.
The victims included people from many different backgrounds‚ Protestants, Catholics, a Mormon, nine children, a woman pregnant with twins, two Spanish tourists, and other tourists on a day trip from the Republic of Ireland. The nature of the bombing created a strong international and local outcry against the RIRA, which later apologised, and spurred on the Northern Ireland peace process.
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