AOH visit will give tourism boost - Cooper

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Derry Blue Badge tour guide, Mickey Cooper, believes that the up-and-coming visit of American members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) to Derry will bring with it a tourism boost for the city.

AOH members based in New York will travel to Derry next week where they will stay in the city for three days.

The highlight of their visit will be a talk about the role played by the AOH in the development of the Good Friday Agreement in the North of Ireland in 1998.

“The AOH will be giving a talk about their contribution to the Peace Process in Derry on Easter Tuesday,” said Mr. Cooper.

“I think it will be a great talk because it’s one of the strands of the Peace Process that many of us here are not aware of.

“The group from New York will spend three nights in Derry and they’ll be making use of our hotels, restaurants and bars - it’ll be a real tourism boost for the city,” he said.

Sean Pender is one of the AOH members who will travel to Derry next week.

“We are all really looking forward to visiting Derry and giving our talk about our role in the building of peace in the North of Ireland.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come along. We hope to have a discussion after the talk and we will answer any questions people may have.”

Speaking at the AOH will be Martina Anderson (MEP), Mitchell McLaughlin (MLA), Declan Kearney (National Chairperson of Sinn Fein) and Brian Dougherty from St. Columb’s Park House will be speaking as a Unionist citizen.

The AOH talk on their role in the Good Friday Agreement will take place in Da Vinci’s Hotel on Easter Tuesday (April 2) and will run from 2pm - 4.30pm.