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Strabane Chair extends Céad Míle Fáilte to American Tourists

2 August, 2007

The Sinn Féin Chair of Strabane District Council, Cllr Gerard Foley, is hoping to encourage a party of American tourists back to Strabane after their bus was stoned on the town's by-pass at Bradley Way as the group made their way back from visiting a graveyard in Lifford yesterday afternoon.

Cllr Foley said,

"I understand that this group is visiting the area to retrace their ancestry and it would extremely sad if this traumatic incident was their lasting memory of Strabane. I am therefore attempting to contact the group to encourage them back to the town so that they can experience the warm hospitality that the people of Strabane are renowned for. Along with Council officials I hope that a true Strabane Céad Míle Fáilte can be organized for the group in the next few days.

"I would also like to state that this reckless action, like other such incidents were vehicles have been attacked and damaged by stone-throwers at different sections of the town's by-pass, are deplored by the entire community.

"This activity must stop before it ends in a terrible tragedy. I would make an impassioned plea to the small number of young people who have been engaged in such mindless activity to stop and think, before contemplate lifting a stone, of the potential consequences of their actions not only other people but also for themselves." ENDS

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