In the shadow of the Sperrin mountains in the north west of Northern Ireland Omagh is the county town of Tyrone, with a population of around 20,000. Like so many other towns in the province its modern origins go back to the 17th century and Omagh became Tyrone's county town a hundred years later. The town suffered one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles when 29 people were killed in a bomb attack on the town centre in 1998. However, in keeping with much of the rest of Northern Ireland, giant strides have been made then and since towards peace and wider normalisation. A bustling town with good links by road to Derry and Enniskillen, places of interest nearby include the Ulster American Folk Park, five miles north of the town.