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Definition of STRABANE
district W Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 336 square miles (874 square kilometers), pop 35,668
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
Town, seat, and district (pop., 2004 est.: 38,665), Northern Ireland. Strabane is composed of river valleys, rolling lowlands, and moorlands of the Sperrin Mountains. The district was originally inhabited by the O'Neill clan of Ulster and was settled in the 17th century by Scots Protestants. Livestock grazing in the lowlands, salmon fishing in the many rivers, and textile manufacturing contribute to the economy. The market town of Strabane (pop., 2001: 13,456), located on the River Mourne, is the district's administrative seat.