1962 – County Hall, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Architect: Ostick + Williams


In the 1960s it was decided that the courthouse was too cramped to accommodate both the local judicial system and the county council in the context of the county council’s increasing administrative responsibilities. The new building, which was designed by Ostick + Williams of Belfast in the modern style, was completed in 1962.

An asymmetrical building – the left block featured a glass entrance on the ground floor with an entablature above bearing the inscription “Tyrone County Hall” and supporting a wall of concrete panelling displaying the county coat of arms, and the right block features continuous bands of glazing.

A war memorial to soldiers of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died in the Second Boer War, which had been designed by the sculptor, Sydney March, was relocated from Court House Hill to a site within the grounds of the county hall in 1964. After the county council was abolished in 1973, the building has been used for a variety of governmental functions. In 2000 a memorial to the victims of the 1998 Omagh bombing was erecte alongside.