Monthly Archives: April 2019

Country Legend Nathan Carter To Headline ‘Strajamba 2019’

29 April 2019

Strabane will be buzzing with live music on Saturday 15th June 2019 as country legend Nathan Carter & his amazing band top the bill at this year’s ‘Strajamba’ Festival.

‘Strajamba’ is organised by the Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) and is aimed at improving Strabane as a thriving and vibrant town for local people and visitors alike to enjoy and do business in.

After the huge success of Strajamba 2018 (with headline act Hothouse Flowers) this year’s event is aiming to be even bigger and better!

The theme for this year’s live music festival is ‘nurturing home grown talent’ – and will host a number of great performances from the Wailin Banshees, David Oliver and Keep ‘er Lit, Adam Dolan, Shonagh Forbes, Darren Doherty & the Heathen Choir and Broken Bandits – with more local acts to be announced.

Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) officer Catherine Collins said: “I’m delighted that Strabane’s home grown talent will have the opportunity to shine at this year’s festival – which has such an impressive line-up headlined by the amazing Nathan Carter!

“Strajamba is growing year on year to become one of our most popular annual events – with such a brilliant mix of rising and established stars on the programme!

“Indeed, with a great selection of food vendors, a VIP tent, bar and live animations it will be an excellent night of entertainment – and a great way of celebrating and showcasing our local talent!”

Michael Kelly of MK’s Bar and Chairperson of the Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) company added: “I’m delighted to be supporting Strajamba again this year – and really excited about securing a line-up that will suit all tastes.

“Strajamba has been such a huge hit with the public – and with country legend Nathan Carter headlining this year I have no doubts that it will be a fantastic evening with a positive impact on the town of Strabane!”

‘Strajamba’ takes place in the Canal Basin on Saturday 15th June 2019.  Doors open at 5pm with the first act on stage at 5.30pm.  Nathan Carter will be performing from 9:30pm – 11pm.

Tickets are £20 for general admission with a special early bird rate of £15 until 10th May 2019. VIP tickets are £25 with a discounted price of £10 for under 16s – available from or from MKs Bar, Murphy’s on the Green and Café Fresco.

One Month Until New Manchester Service Takes Flight

26 April 2019

The countdown is on…with just one month to go until Loganair’s first inaugural flight to Manchester scheduled to depart on May, 24th 2019.

This is fantastic news for the North West as it provides direct connectivity to one of the main hubs in the North of England and creates opportunities for onward connectivity to international destinations via Manchester International Airport.

Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, Charlene Shongo commented: “This is very welcome news for both the airport and the wider North West region. Loganair’s new Manchester service will allow our customers to travel direct from City of Derry Airport to Manchester.  Loganair are working with a number of airline partners to strengthen City of Derry Airport’s connection and facilitate onward travel, connecting the City and region to the rest of the world.”

Charlene outlined that this new service to Manchester, on top of Loganair’s other routes to London Stansted and Glasgow International, is evidence of the airlines commitment to maintain frequent, conveniently scheduled air services from City of Derry Airport to cities in the UK.

She added that the new Manchester service has already proven very popular for both business and leisure travellers within our local catchment and is also helping to boost inbound tourism from the UK market.

The new service operated by Loganair will be available daily with fare prices starting from just £39.99pp each way.  Loganair’s all-inclusive fares include 20kg hold baggage and 6kg hand luggage and complimentary refreshments on board.

Loganair also offer discounts on child fares and frequent flyers can benefit from the Clan Loganair loyalty programme.  Flights from City of Derry Airport to Manchester are on sale now, visit for more info.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle, expressed his joy at the news: “I am delighted and excited that City of Derry Airport is extending its route portfolio through Loganair’s launch of its Manchester service at the end of May.

“The Manchester route can provide outbound and inbound passengers with enhanced connectivity for business and leisure travel while Manchester airport offers an array of worldwide options for onward journeys.

“The airport already has a strong and long-standing relationship with Loganair dating back to its inception in 1979 and I would encourage local people to visit the airline’s website to learn more about the airline’s flight times and fares to London, Glasgow and Manchester.”

Charlene Shongo concluded by stating: “City of Derry Airport is a vital piece of transport infrastructure and has become the airport of choice for the North West, offering both convenience and excellent customer service. I would encourage all travellers within the local catchment to think about flight options from their local airport when making future travel arrangements, asking air passengers to ‘Think Local and Choose CoDA’ whenever they can.  We have fantastic facilities on our doorstep, and it is essential that everyone takes advantage of their local airport for their travel plans when possible.”

For more information on Loganair’s NEW service from City of Derry Airport to Manchester, visit

Launch Of The Alley Theatre’s Summer Programme 2019

18 April 2019

Residents across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area are being encouraged to check out the Alley Theatre’s latest Spring/Summer programme of events that has just been formally launched.

Among the highlights of the season that takes place from May – September are top comedy drama with Nula & Noeleen in ‘Nobody puts Bernie in a Corner, music from the phenomenal three part harmony vocal group, ‘The Ward Sisters’ and ‘The Rapparess, Summer Schools, Stand Up Comedy, Children’s Theatre and lots more.

May is full of comedy, music and original theatre. After popular demand our men over 55 years of age are back in ‘Cassoni’s Jukebox.’  A night of musical nostalgia as the men take to the stage after partaking in the Music to your Ears project.

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your karaoke, then join Bernie Jones on her crazy ”Dirty Dancing” themed hen party in ‘Nobody Puts Bernie in a Corner’ for a wild night of fun and laughter.

Strabane Brass Band are proud to present a musical by Charles Fyffe An evening ‘Music from the Stage and Screen’ in June. Join the Strabane Brass Band for a concert featuring music from a variety of musicals and film. This promises to be an entertaining musical for the whole family.

This programme is packed with Children’s entertainment. For little audiences from 1to 6 years old, Humpty Dumpty will be brought on stage for the first time ever in a wonderful live interactive all singing and all dancing production.

If you love animals then you will not want to miss ‘Doctor Dolittle’. Follow the adventures of Dr. John Dolittle as he embarks on an unforgettable journey to Africa, with his parrot Polynesia, who teaches home how to speak to animals. Full of puppetry, singalong favourites humour and lots of joining in, ideal show for all the family and children ages 5 to 10.

Keep the kids busy this summer as the Alley Theatre have two summer schools this July and August.  The ‘Summer School of Rock’ by the Arts Academy returns for a week in July. Let the kids unleash their inner rock star as they will learn guitar, drums, singing, songwriting, digital sound, lighting and technical and lots more in this fun filled week with a final showcase at the end in front of family and friends.  No previous musical experience is required. Suitable for 7 years and over.  Book your place now through the Alley Theatre Box Office

The Summer months are full of music as our Open Mic Nights are back hosted by local musician Liam Cannon. If you would like to take part then get in touch.

The Alley Theatre Art Gallery will be hosting a range of exquisite exhibitions throughout May – September.  All free to attend, see for more information

To book tickets for any of the events outlined contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online at  Download our programme online and keep up to date on the Alley Theatre Social Media Channels.

Castlederg Proves Perfect Host For NW Angling Fair

08 April 2019

A host of the UK and Ireland’s top fly-dressers, casters and anglers were in Castederg Castle at the weekend as hundreds of visitors attended the 2019 North West Angling Fair.
Derry City and Strabane District Council hosted the two day event in Castlederg for the first time with demonstrations and tuition on the Derg River and a wide range of exhibiters on dry land.
Highlights over the weekend included demonstrations and guidance from some of the biggest names in world fishing including Hywell Morgan, Robert Gillespie and Stevie Munn.

There was also a strong youth element to the Fair as the Loughs Agency hosted its Community Angling Training and Coaching Hub (CATCH) where coaches offered expert tuition to new, novice and experienced anglers in game, coarse and sea angling and a number of young people achieved the CAST Angling Starter certificate.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, attended the event on Saturday and paid tribute to everyone who made it a weekend to remember.
“Congratulations to all the organisers of the North West Angling Fair who secured a stellar and action packed line-up that was enjoyed by hundreds of local people and visitors,” he said.
“The annual event has become a firm favourite on Council’s programme of events and is a great way to showcase the angling offering of our local waterways and to introduce people to the joys of angling.

“Castlederg proved an ideal location and I would like to pay tribute to the local partners who worked closely with Council officers to make sure the event ran smoothly and was a success.”
Festival and Events Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said the feedback from both traders and visitors had been extremely positive.
“We would like to thank the public for coming out and supporting the North West Angling Fair in such large numbers,” she said.
“There was a brilliant atmosphere around Castlederg over the two days and it was great to see old friends and new from the world of angling enjoying the experience.

“The CATCH element of the programme was well received and attended by young people and it was equally heartening to see so many women in attendance following on from the success of the Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association’s Women’s Angling Day in Oaks Fishery last month.
“Trader and visitor feedback was extremely positive so it was a successful weekend all round and we are looking forward to bringing the event back to the Council area in 2020.”