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.

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.

Is it about a bicycle?

A look at the life of Brian O’Nolan and his connection with Strabane.

Brian O’Nolan was born on 5th October 1911 in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Both a novelist and satirist he is best known for his works At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, written under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. He also wrote the novel An Béal Bocht as well as many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.