An Angel in The Fountain


Fountain Estate (or The Fountain) is the last remaining Protestant community on Londonderry’s (as the approximately 500 Loyalist residents most assuredly call it) cityside. A Unionist island in a Nationalist sea, if you will. Continue reading “An Angel in The Fountain”


The Guildhall


This very beautiful neo-gothic red sandstone building, renovations of which precluded my entry in 2013, is the City Hall and seat of the Derry City Council. It is very much worth a look. Continue reading “The Guildhall”


The Walker Memorial Plinth – Royal Bastion


For the uninformed this is indeed a very peculiar sight – a well preserved (in fact, totally refurbished in 2013) fenced in statue-less plinth. Continue reading “The Walker Memorial Plinth – Royal Bastion”


The Apprentice Boys – Memorial Hall and Museum


In Northern Ireland there currently exist three Protestant Orders having their roots in the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1690 when the Protestant King William III defeated the deposed Catholic James II and secured his and the Protestant ascendancy to the British Throne. While things moved on in Britain, Irish Protestants immediately started celebrating this victory and have been celebrating it ever since. Continue reading “The Apprentice Boys – Memorial Hall and Museum”


First Derry Presbyterian Church


Presbyterians have resided in the City since around 1642 having arrived during the Plantation of Ulster which began in the early 1600s. By the time of the Siege of Derry there was a significant number of Presbyterians in the city but still they didn’t have a place of worship within the City Walls. During the Siege, like many others in the region, the Presbyterians had moved in behind the city walls either to assist in the defence of the City or to seek safety from Jacobite forces. Within the Walls they worshipped in St Columb’s Cathedral and at some time they actually had St Augustine’s Church“on loan”. Continue reading “First Derry Presbyterian Church”


Roaring Meg and other Cannons


As you stroll along Derry City Walls you can’t fail to notice an abundance of old cannons. The majority of these cannons, and many more no longer in existence, were presented to the Plantation Settlers of the City in the early 1600s by various London livery companies – including Fishmongers, Grocers, Salters, Merchant Taylors and Vintners – under the auspices of The Honourable, The Irish Society. Continue reading “Roaring Meg and other Cannons”


Bishop’s Gate – No Surrender to James II


This gate is the best known of the four original gates in Derry City Walls and is at the highest point thereof. It was Bishop’s Gate that James II approached on 18 April 1689 expecting the citizens to surrender. James, requested the inhabitants to surrender four times that day. On the fourth occasion James beat a hasty retreat when a cannon was fired from the ramparts killing one of his officers. Thus began the 105 days Siege of Derry. Continue reading “Bishop’s Gate – No Surrender to James II”


Siege Heroes Mound


In the grounds of St Columb’s Cathedral you cannot fail to notice a circular mound with an obelisk monument on top of it. Folklore and many misguided guides will tell you that this is the burial ground of the 13 original apprentice boys or indeed the 6,000 – 10,000 bodies of those who died in the 1689 Siege of Derry. Continue reading “Siege Heroes Mound”


Sally Forth from the Sally Port


This is an easy one to miss and I must admit I just happened on it by chance, or was it the Sherlock Holmes in me! Continue reading “Sally Forth from the Sally Port”