Local museum ‘instrumental’

Sinn F�in Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Councillor Colly Kelly meeting world renowned Irish singer Damien Dempsey on a visit to  Museum of Free Derry.
Sinn F�in Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Councillor Colly Kelly meeting world renowned Irish singer Damien Dempsey on a visit to Museum of Free Derry.

The Museum of Free Derry is “instrumental” to the telling of local history according to local Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly.

Speaking to the Derry Journal as the Bloody Sunday Trust embarks upon the second and final £2m phase of the Museum of Free Derry redevelopment - a capital build project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, NI Tourist Board and the Department for Social Development - Colr. Kelly said: “The Museum of Free Derry is instrumental in telling the story of our recent history in Derry, particularly the events from the start of the civil rights era through to Bloody Sunday.

“Countless visitors from across the world have come to the current museum at Glenfada Park, the scene of a number of the murders carried out on Bloody Sunday, and have been hugely impressed by the facility.

“This development will allow the museum to grow and develop to meet the rising demand from international and local visitors,” he added.

Colr. Kelly went on to say that not only does the museum support the history of the city but it also helps to bring much needed money to the area by way of tourism.

“The Museum of Free Derry is an important facility in the city as it tells the story of the community.

“It is also a key to attracting tourists to the city, and the Bogside area in particular, and the redevelopment of the museum will help draw even more visitors,” he said.