New book tells the history of ‘wee church on Derry’s walls’

Author Hazel Philson presents a copy of her new book to  Rev. Pat Storey at St Augustine's Church
Author Hazel Philson presents a copy of her new book to Rev. Pat Storey at St Augustine's Church

A new book detailing the history of one of Derry’s most historic tourist sites will be launched in the city today.

‘The Little Church on the Walls: Fifteen Hundred Years of History’, by Hazel Philson, tells the story of St Augustine’s Church.

Joe Mahon, well-known presenter of ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’, will launch the book at St Augustine’s church hall (Palace Street) at 6.30pm.

St Augustine’s, known as ‘the wee church on the walls’, is built on the original site of St Columba’s first monastery in Derry.

Hazel Philson says: “The history of St. Augustine’s is undoubtedly a lynchpin to all the other fascinating places of historical interest within and without the Walled City.

“I was touched by the great affection held for the little church by people of the city and further afield.

“A visit to the church site is certainly perceived by most people as something special - a unique spiritual occasion.”

Rev. Pat Storey, rector of St Augustine’s, says the author “has done a wonderful job in capturing the history of this very historic church.”

The book, published by Guildhall Press, is available from St Augustine’s Church, Easons (Foyleside), Little Acorns Bookstore at Bedlam in Pump Street, Shipquay Books, DVCB, An Chulturlann and on Amazon. It’s priced £5.