New peace and life garden opened in Bishop Street

Mayor of Derry, Colr Martin Reilly with Andrew Duncan at the opening of the Newlife Garden at Nailors Row.(DER4413JB130)
Mayor of Derry, Colr Martin Reilly with Andrew Duncan at the opening of the Newlife Garden at Nailors Row.(DER4413JB130)
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A new peace and life garden has just been opened in Bishop Street, recognising those involved with the Altnagelvin Renal Support group.

The garden, supported by Derry City Council, was planted, as a living memorial, in order to pay tribute to all organ donors.

The commemorative project has been integrated with the St Columba’s Peace Garden to create the new space.

Last Sunday’s official opening was attended by the Mayor, Councillor Martin O’Reilly, other Derry City Council dignitaries, representatives of St Columb’s Cathedral, St Columba’s Church, First Derry Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association and the Circle of Life Garden in Galway. The Fountain and Bogside communities and residents of Alexander House were also represented.

A spokesperson for the Renal Support Group said: “Donors can quite often be the forgotten partners of the gift of life even though without donors there would be no new life.

“Those who agree to organ donation display incredible courage and humanity in providing the means for saving the lives of those less fortunate.

“The garden is a small token of the appreciation that is felt for all donors and, as organ donation knows no boundaries.

The Life Garden is adjacent to Bishops Gate, Bishop Street.