Stories of ink, galleys and presses
Gray’s Printing Press is a treasure trove of history that tells the indelible story of ink, galleys, presses and emigration. Behind its shop front façade is an 18th-century printer’s workshop that until only 70 years ago was a hive of activity. Here there are fascinating tales of skilled printers, ink, galleys, shooters and a collection of 19th-century hand-printing presses.
And as with all rural industrial heritage in Ireland it is also a story about emigration. Strabane was an important centre for printing and publishing and Gray's apprentices emigrated to great things. James Wilson, grandfather of President Woodrow Wilson, reputedly learnt his trade at Gray's, as did John Dunlap who went on to print the American Declaration of Independence.
It makes for an absorbing visit, especially if you can go when there is a printing demonstration in full period costume.
Step back in time and hear the story of printing in the 18th-century. Then relax in the quaint surroundings of Gray's Tea Rooms, which serve a range of hot and cold refreshments.
A fascinating journey into the world of industrial heritage.