Strabane Flood 1987

At 1:55am on the morning of 22nd October 1987, the banks of the River Mourne at Lower Main Street of Strabane burst causing a flood. It destroyed local homes and businesses.

Aidan McKelvey shot a short video on the day where he interviewed various local people who were directly affected by the flooding and those who were helping to rescue others.

You can view the video below via the Strabane History Society’s YouTube channel.

The Strabane History Society would like to thank Aidan McKelvey for the use of the video.

Genealogy Research Requests

Contact County Genealogist

Brian Mitchell, genealogist with Derry City and Strabane District Council offers a free genealogy advisory service, by email, to anyone tracing their roots in North West Ireland.

He will respond to queries – about place names, surname origins, sources to search or record offices to visit, etc. – and suggest research recommendations.

Brian is an accredited member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (M.A.P.G.I.) and author of a number of Irish genealogy reference books such as

Genealogy Reference Books by Brian Mitchell

Published by Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore


Herbert & Me

A short film produced by Strabane History Society and the Alley Theatre exploring the life and legacy of Herbert Cooper. Narrated by Michael Kennedy it includes cine film shot by his father in the 1950’s showing carnivals and events in the life of Strabane town as well as the earliest moving images of the legendary ‘Clipper Carlton’ showband.

Supported by the Peace III programme and managed for the Special EU programmes Body by the North West Peace III Cluster.

Filmed and directed by Katherine Kirk.

Herbert Cooper images reproduced courtesy of the Public Records Office NI.