‘Wall to wall success’ for Walled City celebration!

Michael Mitchell (4) comes face to face with a Jester during the Irish Walled Towns Celebration at the weekend in Derry. Derry's Walls are the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe.. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11
Michael Mitchell (4) comes face to face with a Jester during the Irish Walled Towns Celebration at the weekend in Derry. Derry's Walls are the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe.. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11

Derry’s Walled Town Festival held last weekend as part of Irish Walled Towns Day has been hailed as a “wall to wall success”.

Organisers of last weekend’s Irish Walled Towns Day activities have said that the event was a fantastic hit.

Eight years old Patrick McMonagle watches his step on the climbing wall during Irish Walled Towns Day in Derry's Guildhall Square on saturday. Picture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11

Eight years old Patrick McMonagle watches his step on the climbing wall during Irish Walled Towns Day in Derry's Guildhall Square on saturday. Picture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11

Tony Monaghan, Derry City Council’s Senior Economic Development officer - whose section programmed the celebrations - said Derry played a big part in the success of the overall programme.

“The city was one of over 17 towns and cities through Ireland which took part in the celebration aimed at promoting our city’s stunning and historical walls.

“We were thrilled to see so many people out and about experiencing the range of events which were held over the course of the weekend, and feedback thus far has been fantastic.”

Food provided the focal point of the weekend with the event hosting a special Seafood festival and the Walled City Market, against the wonderful backdrop of the newly refurbished Guildhall Square.

Community chef Brian McDermott serves a range of freshly prepared seafood dishes to his audience during the Irish Walled Towns Celebration at the weekend in Derry. Derry's Walls are the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11

Community chef Brian McDermott serves a range of freshly prepared seafood dishes to his audience during the Irish Walled Towns Celebration at the weekend in Derry. Derry's Walls are the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.8.11

The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney, said: “It was wonderful to see so many families, local people and visitors enjoying the good weather and atmosphere generated by this event in the city centre this weekend. I would like to thank organisers for putting on a wonderful programme which really did cater for everyone.”

The celebrations also featured a range of free events including live music, street theatre, arts and crafts markets, tours and trails, children’s and young people’s activities. On Saturday a special festival Seafood Market celebrated the city’s maritime heritage with cooking demonstrations and dishes such as mussels and crab claws freshly prepared by top quality local chefs.

On Sunday the Walled City Market came to town bringing together a fine range of local and speciality foods, arts and crafts.

There was a host of performances by local musicians including The Grin, Ceoltoira Oga, The Jamie Noonan Band and The Cannon Balls - all courtesy of Greater Shantallow Community Arts.