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Charles meets medics who treated IRA bomb victims at Omagh Hospital

Later the prince was meeting relatives of those who died in the dissident republican car bombing in August 1998.

The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin as her colleague Gerry Kelly (left) looks on at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast, where Charles is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin as her colleague Gerry Kelly (left) looks on at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast, where Charles is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
The Prince of Wales and Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, founder of the Belfast Buildings Trust, arrive at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales sits alongside Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, founder of the Belfast Buildings Trust, at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales greets people at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales holds a glass of beer as he meets representatives of the ABVFest beer festival at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building, which hosts the festival. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets representatives of the ABVFest beer festival at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building, which hosts the festival. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets members of the Ulster Orchestra at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales samples a special brew created for the ABVFest beer festival at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building, which hosts the festival. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast where he is meeting the organisations involved in the regeneration of the building as a permanent home for the Ulster Orchestra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales watches a Judo demonstration during a visit to Ulster University in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
COLERAINE, COUNTY LONDONERRY - JUNE 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is treated to a judo display during a visit to Ulster University's Colraine Campus on June 12, 2018 in County Londonderry, United Kingdom. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are paying a four day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales meets staff and students during his visit to Ulster University in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets staff and students during his visit to Ulster University in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets staff and students during his visit to Ulster University in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
COLERAINE, COUNTY LONDONERRY - JUNE 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with children engaged in sporting activities during a visit to Ulster University's Colraine Campus on June 12, 2018 in County Londonderry, United Kingdom. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are paying a four day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, COUNTY LONDONERRY - JUNE 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets wheelchair basketball players during a visit to Ulster University's Colraine Campus on June 12, 2018 in County Londonderry, United Kingdom. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are paying a four day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales visits Ulster University in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales has met medics who treated victims of one of the biggest mass killings of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Twenty-nine people died when a Real IRA device exploded in the busy Co Tyrone market town of Omagh in August 1998.

Charles toured Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, which opened a year ago, on Wednesday.

Two decades ago he visited the old hospital, which was at the centre of the emergency response following the blast.

Later on Wednesday, the prince was meeting relatives of those who died in the dissident republican car bombing.

Joann McCullagh was a staff nurse in the intensive care ward the day of the attack and said she worked at the “coal face”.

She told Charles about her role.

“We worked tirelessly throughout the day and night, dealing with the very traumatically injured patients,” she said.

“The relatives were also looking for their loved ones.

“We as a group of people worked very closely together to support each other in the dark days that followed.”

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Breda Devine, 20 months
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Spaniard Gonzalo Cavedo poses with a child on his shoulders beside the car carrying the bomb that seconds later killed 29 people, including the photographer
Elizabeth Rush
Olive Hawkes, aged 60
Julie Hughes, aged 21
Ann McCombe, aged 45
Mary Grimes, aged 65
Aiden Gallagher, aged 21
The bomb attack was the worst ever atrocity of Northern Ireland's decades of violence.
Brian McCrory, left, aged 54
Samantha McFarland, aged 17
Philomena Skelton, aged 39
Jolene Marlow, aged 17
The scene of the Omagh Bomb
Brenda Logue, aged 17
Alan Radford, aged 16
Bryan White, aged 27
Oran Doherty
Lorraine Wilson
Fred White
Veda Short
Geraldine Breslin
Deborah-Ann Cartwright
The scene of devastation in Omagh Town centre where upto 25 people have been killed in this afternoons blast. PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/08/98
Gareth Conway, Omagh bomb victim
James Baker, Omagh bomb victim
Several men have faced charges in connection with the attack, but nobody has ever been convicted of the murders
Cathy and Michael Gallagher, the sister and father of Omagh bomb victim, Aiden Gallagher.
PACEMAKER BFST 03-08-99: Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a chat with Claire Gallagher, who lost her sight in the Omagh bomb, before yesterday's friendly against Omagh Town in aid of the Omagh Bomb Fund.
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The damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, 1998
Donna Marie McGillion, who was seriously injured in the Omagh bombing
The secret email which shows intelligence bosses knew that Omagh was a prime target for a terrorist attack weeks before the car bomb that devastated the town
Claire Radford, whose brother Alan was killed in the Omagh bomb, examines a new stained-glass window in the town's library with her daughter Mia. The window was created in memory of the victims of the blast which killed 29 people and unborn twins.
Michael Gallagher whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack Pic Paul Faith
Michael Gallagher (right), whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack with Stanley McCombe who lost his wife Ann Pic Paul Faith
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The Prince of Wales meets nurse Leonie McCaffrey and dialysis patient Eaimie Gormley at Omagh Hospital (Niall Carson/PA)

At the hospital, the prince also met palliative care patients and Eamie Gormley, who is undergoing kidney dialysis, and they discussed the length of time the procedure took.

Charles asked her if “copious” cups of tea were available during the long wait.

He was greeted by cheering healthcare workers as he walked around.

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Charles met DUP leader Arlene Foster during his visit to Omagh Hospital (Niall Carson/PA)

West Tyrone MP Orfhlaith Begley and DUP leader Arlene Foster was among those who greeted the prince.

Mrs Foster said she was pleased that Charles was meeting the Omagh bomb relatives.

He unveiled a plaque marking the official hospital opening and expressed admiration for all the staff.

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