Bishop St and Fountain get new tourism signs

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper.
Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper.

The Peace Walls Project in Derry and the Gasyard Trust have installed new signs for tourists in the Bishop Street and Fountain Estate areas.

The installation of the new signs is but one of many new developments carried out by both the Peace Wall Project and the Gasyard Trust.

In recent weeks the two groups have worked closely together to launch a Smartphone and Tablet App as well as a state of the art website. The aim of the initiative is to promote tourism in both areas.

“One of the initiatives between the Peace Walls and the Gasyard Trust has been to develop the heritage and tourism potential of the two areas to draw visitors to the City Walls and Bogside into the two areas,” said Michael Cooper from the Gasyard Trust.

“Funding provided last year by the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and the Housing Executive has allowed us to develop a range of products and outputs including a new visitor attractions brochure and book chronicling the development of both areas.

“In the last few weeks we have uploaded a new interactive website and App which provides a huge amount of visitor information including where to eat, drink and shop, visitor attractions, historical trails and archive materials.”

Mr. Cooper added: “We have also completed the installation of a large number of new tourist orientation signs located at strategic points in both areas which focus on the shared history of the Fountain and Bishop Street.

“The signage includes information on the early history of both areas including their monastic connections, the plantation, the siege, industrial heritage and the impact of the War of Independence, the two world Wars and the modern conflict on both areas,” he added.