As all of Ireland north and south of the border voted for peace in the Good Friday referendum, a small group of dissident republicans opposed to the peace process began planning a bombing campaign. They called themselves the Real IRA and selected their target carefully, choosing Omagh, a small market town. Their plan was simple - to create an atrocity so devastating that it would destroy the peace process in its tracks. This BAFTA winning film examines the events and aftermath of August 15th 1998, when a Real IRA bomb claimed thirty one lives. It tells the story of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group as they strive to find the truth of what happened that day. At the heart of the film is the story of Michael Gallagher, who lost his 21-year old son Aiden in the explosion.
The actors were chosen I am sure on their cultural background and not their acting skills. It makes for a raw and unpolished performance but it feels very genuine and I felt I started to understand the nonsense that characterised the Irish conflict at that time, but in particular the tragedy and grief that flowed from it.