Support the Massive Mexican Wave on Derry’s Walls - Durkan

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today made a rallying call for volunteers for a mile long Mexican wave on Derry’s Walls this Sunday.

The ‘Wave on the Walls’ is to mark the 400th anniversary of Derry’s walls and is also a fundraiser for Foyle Hospice.

The event, which is being organised by Holywell Trust, will be filmed from the air.

Mark H Durkan said: “We’ve had the all Ireland Fleadh, now we are having the Mexican wave! Derry’s Walls are hugely significant not just in the history of the city but in the history of the Island. Until recently the walls were seen as divisive. The City of Culture year, and last week, the all-Ireland Fleadh have helped to further transform the walls to a symbol of hope, pride and tolerance for the people of Derry and beyond. The Wave on the Walls is another example of how far Derry has come and how confidence has grown.

“I make a passionate plea for as many people as possible to come out on Sunday to join in and in doing so support Foyle Hospice.

“I congratulate Holywell Trust on organising this event. The City Walls are the largest monument in state care and my Department, in partnership with many others, have worked hard to bring them up to their present quality in this Year of Culture.”

Derry Walls Day 2013, which will take place on Sunday 25 August, will mark the commencement of Walls400, the programme of activities taking place during 2013–18 to celebrate the quatercentenary of the building of Derry’s City Walls.

Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said: “Derry Walls Day 2013, which will take place on Sunday 25 August, will mark the commencement of Walls400, the programme of activities taking place during 2013–18 to celebrate the quatercentenary of the building of Derry’s city walls.

“Discover the Past – Build the future is the theme for National Heritage Week so it is very appropriate that Derry Walls, as a heritage icon with compelling ancient and contemporary history, is taking part. My Department is pleased to have been able to support Holywell Trust through the Heritage Council of Ireland for Derry Walls Day 2013.”

Speaking at the photo call, Eamonn Deane, Director of Holywell Trust, said: “400 years on from when the site for the Walls was stepped out in August 1613, we want people to help us make a big statement that Derry’s Walls belong to everyone.

“Given their scale, the Walls can sometimes disappear into the fabric of the townscape. This Sunday lunchtime we hope to create a continuous red line of volunteers wearing specially designed t-shirts along the top of the ramparts. Help us to make history, by recreating history.”