IN A little known snippet of local trivia, Strabane is about to celebrate its 400th birthday.
Town status was officially bestowed on Strabane on September 20 1612, following a Charter of Incorporation granted by King James I.
Four weeks from today the page will turn on the important historical event and responsible for uncovering the landmark gem is retired civil servant Declan O’Hare.
Via the popular ‘Strabane Old Memories’ Facebook page, he is encouraging ex-pats scattered across the globe to help celebrate the quatercentenary.
Mr O’Hare explained, “I’m a member of the Strabane Old Memories group on Facebook and I’m encouraging people around the world to send a birthday card to celebrate Strabane’s 400th birthday. I thought it would be nice if we could get 400 cards and it’s an opportunity to generate some good news about the town.”
Feedback has been swift, with promises of cards already flooding in from America, Dubai and across Europe. What will happen with the letters and well wishes after the 400th anniversary remains to be seen however ideas such as a dedicated ‘Strabane 400’ website are already being looked at.
Whatever happens, Declan O’Hare believes it is an anniversary well worth celebrating.
“If we can throw parties for the 60th anniversary of the coronation, then why not for Strabane’s 400th,” he asked.