Olympic sparkle for Derry’s Hallowe’en Festival on Foyle

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A pyrotechnics expert who was part of the special effects team behind the stunning showpiece for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, will help oversee Derry’s annual spooktacular Hallowe’en Fireworks Finale on the River Foyle tomorrow night.

Phil Mundy will be lead operator of the specialist local team directed by Donal Neill of Pains Fireworks (Ireland), the organisation which is responsible for Derry and Strabane District Council’s explosive display which will light up the Banks of the Foyle from 8.00 p.m.

Donal Neill inspects the special barge ahead of the fireworks display tomorrow night

Donal Neill inspects the special barge ahead of the fireworks display tomorrow night

Mundy, who helped design the pyrotechnic waterfall cascading from the iconic Olympic rings at the impressive opening of the London Games, has actually been involved with Derry’s world famous Hallowe’en display for the past two years.

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Pains Fireworks has offices in the UK, Dubai and Ireland.

Their Ireland operation, which is based in Derry and run by local man Donal Neill, will also be responsible for nine other major fireworks displays across Northern Ireland on Hallowe’en night, including Strabane, Omagh and Belfast.

A biochemist by trade, fireworks are now in the DNA of Neill who started out working for his brother Martin, a senior special effects technician who has been involvd with films including Captain America, 47 Ronin, The Da Vinci Codenot ot mention some of the James Bond and Harry Potter movies which also feature in his highly impressive portfolio.