Fifteen hundred years ago, Derry was a world leader in education. Our city’s founder, Colmcille, was, perhaps, the most influential teacher of his age. His monasteries, books and philosophy set standards for academic learning across Europe.
Since then, the city has generated and supported some of the greatest intellects of humankind: from George Farquhar to George Berkeley; John Hume to Seamus Heaney; and from the writers Kathleen Coyle and Jennifer Johnston to the new Vice Chancellor awt Queen’s University, Belfast, Patrick Johnston.
It is not overstating it to say that this city boasts a heritage second to none and prides itself on being the cultural capital of these islands.