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The arms granted to the Council on 26th April 1978 are Vert a pall wavy
reversed Argent between in chief two garlands each of ten ears of wheat and
enclosing a bulls' head caboshed and in base a castle of three towers all Or.
The reversed wavy pall in white represents the confluence of the Drumragh and Carnowen Rivers to form the Strule. The rural areas around Omagh are suggested by two gold bulls' heads, each enclosed within a garland of ears of wheat resembling the letter 'O', to represent mixed farming. Each garland has ten ears, so the total of twenty corresponds to the number of wards constituting the new District. The shield gold three-towered castle, is the stronghold of the O'Neills, and also indicates the history of Omagh as a fortress and garrison town since the mid-fifteenth century.
The flag is flown every day from the council buildings. No other flags are flown.
Laurence Jones, 1 August 2005