Walled City Heritage Trail, Derry City

Walled City Heritage Trail, Derry City

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Derry, also known as the “Walled City” or the “Maiden City” is one of the longest inhabited places in Ireland. The earliest mentions of the area are in historical references dating back to the 6th Century when a monastery was founded there by the great Irish Saint Columba/Colmcille in 546 AD. The name of the city was changed from Derry to Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster due to the fact that the new city was built by the Guilds of London (1613 – 1618).

The city walls were built in the early part of the 17th Century. Following this other key periods in the city’s history include: The Siege of Derry, Emigration, Famine in Ireland, Shirt Industry, World War I and II, Easter Rising, Civil Rights Marches, Bloody Sunday, Ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement. Each of these has in part contributed to the moulding of the city as it is today, with a blend of both the modern and historic; occupied by optimistic and friendly people.

The Walled City heritage Trail takes in 200 sites of particular historical importance. Cathedrals, churches, parks, villages, murals and monuments all within the Derry City Council, tell of various tales in the city’s history.

The historic sites are easy to find as the city and surrounding countryside have been divided up into distinct areas.

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