Flann O’Brien trail puts Strabane on the literary tourism map

By Ciaran McKane

STRABANE can look forward to welcoming a whole new breed of visitor when a Flann O’Brian literary trail is launched later this year on the writer’s birthday in October. One of the town’s most famous sons, Flann O’Brien, was born Brian O’Nolan in Strabane in 1911. A playwright, novelist, journalist and satirist, he was also…

Mayor visits businesses in Derry and Strabane

By Ciaran McKane

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Brian Tierney visited local businesses in both Derry and Strabane on Friday 6th July to hear how they are dealing with operating during the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Tierney spoke with owners and staff across a number of businesses in the hospitality and retail sector about their feelings,…

Preparing for recovery: Strabane BID is looking for your opinion.

By Ciaran McKane

The lives and livelihoods of all of us have been severely affected in the past weeks by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the measures we have had to observe to control the infection. The Northern Ireland Executive recently released its 5 step plan to re-open Northern Ireland and I would like to understand the views…

Strabane BID Company Welcomes Further Business Rates Support

By Ciaran McKane

The Strabane BID Company welcomed today’s announcement of further Rates Support which will see the hardest hit by the pandemic pay no rates for the full financial year up to 31 March 2021.  The Strabane BID Company had written to the Minister for Finance calling for action to support the business community of Strabane Town. Welcoming…