Derry’s Olympics mascot pin launched

A mascot pin badge to mark next year’s London Olympics created by two students from St Cecilia’s College was launched at the city’s Guildhall this week.

Earlier this year, Siun Heaney and Karlann McDermott won a competition to create a version of the London 2012 Olympic mascot, Wenlock, that they felt represented Northern Ireland.

The winning mascot is of a brick/walled design representing the city’s historic City Walls and the important role the Walls play in the city.

The students have spent time with a top London design agency turning their design into an official 3D version of Wenlock and, this week, they unveiled the completed pin badge at a ceremony at the Guildhall.

Minister for Culture Carál Ní Chuilín was among those to congratulate Siun and Karlann: “I was, like the judges, very impressed with their unique design which showcases one of the North’s most iconic monuments and reflects much of Derry’s rich history and culture,” she said.

Mayor Maurice Devenney also praised the students on their design: “It’s a tremendous accolade for the students and the College to have been chosen out of over 2,500 entries. I would like to extend my deepest congratulations to everyone involved and hope you all take great pride in seeing your designs come to life.”

The badge will soon be available to buy and view online at