As happy as a pig in…Strabane

STRABANE’S favourite porcine persona will be hogging all the limelight this weekend at his big birthday bash.

Set to be a sty-lish event, the Alley Theatre staff are pulling out all the stops to make Ambrose the Pig’s tenth birthday one to remember.

Due to take place on Saturday (April 7), the event will include a whole host of festivities so that the kids don’t get boar-ed.


“We are delighted to be celebrating the tenth birthday of our very famous and magical pig Ambrose, who has become synonymous with the Alley Theatre and Strabane,” Jacqueline Doherty, venue manager at the Alley Theatre, said.

“Ambrose is a much loved member of the Alley Theatre family and has become a famous landmark and favourite pig.

“To celebrate we will be hosting an exciting party on Saturday, April 7 with party games, workshops, face painting, balloon modelling and a cinema screening of everyone’s favourite pig movie ‘Babe’.”

First erected back in 2008, Ambrose is covered in Celtic markings, similar to those found at New Grange. It has also been suggested that twirls have been blessed with some of Flann O’Brien’s celebrated humour.

“Originally titled ‘Where Dreams Go’ Martin Heron’s bronze creation was renamed by local people in reference to the character from local writer Flann O’Brien’s book The Poor Mouth,” Jacqueline continued.

“Ambrose stands proud and tall in the Alley Theatre courtyard which is in itself significant as in the 1950s this location was a popular pig market.

“Over the past 10 years the people of Strabane have taken Ambrose into their hearts and he has become the star of numerous photoshoots and events.

“Loved by children, it’s believed Ambrose has magical powers and that just by touching his ear all your wishes and dreams will come true,” Jacqueline explained.

“Come along and celebrate with us and Ambrose on his special day.”


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