Children to ‘Let light unite’ in Galliagh

The sculpture which will be illuminated on Sunday.
The sculpture which will be illuminated on Sunday.

The spotlight will be firmly on Galliagh on Sunday coming with the official lighting of the Unity Sculpture by children from St Paul’s Primary School.

The sculpture, designed by Maurice Harron and local school children has been aptly named, Let Light Unite. The sculpture will be illuminated for the first time, through funding from the Department of Social Development.

To mark the occasion there will be a free event for families at 4pm in St Joseph’s Parish Hall, including Halloween-themed treats.

Entertainment will be provided by two very special choirs as part of the City of Derry International Choral Festival. Local group Encore Contemporary Choir will perform pop favourites, while the Ondrasek Czech Youth Choir will bring their own distinct sound, fresh from competing in the festival’s International section.

Alice Lewis, Community & Outreach Officer with the City of Derry International Choral Festival said,

“The festival is delighted to be part of this event. We want to bring choral music into the heart of the community and what better way than to help celebrate the illumination of this beautiful sculpture. By a lovely coincidence Maurice Harron was the creator of the Festival’s exquisite trophy ‘The Oak Tree of Derry’, which will be presented to the winner of the International Competition, so it feels like there’s an extra special connection.”

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson will join the celebration, which will feature a lighting up ceremony as darkness descends. Children will be given tealights and lanterns to create a magical atmosphere. St Joseph’s extend an open invitation to young and old across the city to the event which starts at 4pm in the Parish Centre. Attendees are advised to wrap up warm and dress for the weather as the lighting up ceremony will take place outside. Contact: Louise Hughes, Outer North Community Engagement Officer, telephone: 02871357443 or email