Strabane, located in the North West of County Tyrone , straddles the border with County Donegal. It could therefore be said that the town is situated in the North and the Republic of Ireland. The Strabane of modern times - thriving, lively and successful - belies a history of much emigration. Although its links with the past are well remembered, it is a youthful and dynamic town which firmly looks forward. Its proximity to Derry and Donegal ensures its convenience both as a place of employment and also as a tourist destination for vacations in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The area offers extremely special scenery, spectacularly unspoilt and alive with music, culture and tradition and is best explored on a self drive tour of Ireland. Amidst this pastoral beauty are excellent fishing rivers, rustic market towns and many attractions for the visitor. The River Mourne, Burn Dennet River, Moore Lough and Lough Ash are all within easy access of the town therefore providing many opportunities for fishing. Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with three courses to choose from. As you would expect, there is a wide range of accommodation available and whatever you are planning to do, or wherever you wish to go, there is a good choice of comfortable places to stay.
Close by the Sperrin Heritage Centre houses "The Treasure of the Sperrins" exhibition was opened in August 1993 and presents techniques to convey, for example, the story of glaciation and the discovery of gold in the Sperrins, to the more light hearted story of "Poteen", the famous Irish drink.
For centuries Strabane has been famous for its citizens who left here and made their mark on America. People like John Dunlap, who printed the American Declaration of Independence. The building where Dunlap is reputed to have learnt his trade is situated in Main Street and is owned by the National Trust. Demonstrations are given occasionally by an experienced compositor as well as the impressive audio-visual show, entitled the Power of Print outlining the importance of the printed word as well as John Dunlap.