About

The Strabane History Society was founded in December 1989 at the local Teachers’ Centre by a small group of local teachers to further their interest and knowledge of the history of Strabane and district. The group widened the circle of interest to include the general public as it was felt that there was a vast wealth of local expertise in the community.

To date the society has presented a vast range of topics of local and  national interest from the Hiring Fairs, The Canal, The Carricklee Races, the story of the Railways, Strabane Workhouse, the architecture of Strabane and many  other features. History field trips have included visits to the Wilson House,  Holyhill House, Cavanacor House in Lifford, Doe Castle, Dunafanaghy Workhouse,  Derek Hill’s House at Churchill and the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

Publications include a history of the Hiring Fairs, a History of the Immaculate Conception, Fair River Valley, By the Banks of the Mourne, Strabane through the Millennium and six volumes of Concordia. In 2013, the Society welcomed the inclusion of Strabane Family History Group. The new committee has been very encouraged by the support it has received from  those who are interested in local history and the large attendance at the  monthly meetings. Although the Society prepares a programme of events at the  beginning of the year, some of the presentations and events may change.  The Society meets on the last Thursday of each month in the Library at Abercorn Square. Please check the local press for up-dates or come back to the website.

The Society meets on the last Thursday of each month in the Library at Abercorn Square.Further details of the activities of the Society are available from any the committee members, via the contact form or email info@strabanehistorysociety.org.

Committee Members
President: Pat Gillespie
Chairman: Hugh McGarrigle
Vice Chairman: John Dooher
Treasurer: Pat McGuigan
Secretary: Michael Kennedy

Click here to download the Strabane History Society Membership form.