Derry marks Walled Town Day

Music lovers, culinary connoisseurs and history buffs are set for a treat this weekend as Derry hosts a series of events to mark Irish Walled Towns Day.

Derry’s Walls and the newly refurbished Guildhall Square will host this weekend’s events which include a special festival Seafood Market, punting on the Foyle, and a series of performances from some of the city’s finest musicians.

Derry Mayor Maurice Devenney says the city is proud to mark Irish Walled Towns Day.

“Irish Walled Towns Day is a celebration of town walls and is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our culture and heritage and to provide fun entertainment for families.

“Our Walls which date back to the 17th Century are the most visible of the city’s structures and a reminder of our rich and diverse history. Council are very happy to be working with the Irish Walled Towns Network to programme this celebration of the Derry Walls which I hope will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.”

On Saturday a special festival Seafood Market will celebrate our maritime heritage with cooking demonstrations and dishes such as mussels and crab claws freshly prepared for you by top quality local chefs.

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

While enjoying some outdoor eating, you will be treated to performances by local musicians including The Grin, Ceoltoira Oga, The Jamie Noonan Band and The Cannon Balls all brought to you by Greater Shantallow Community Arts.

For those who want to explore some local history there will be free tours of the Guildhall, a Georgian Soap Opera will bring to life historical characters from the City’s past and there’s a unique opportunity to see a Foyle Punt which is a traditional class of wooden sailing dinghy unique to the Foyle.

There will be time to relax as the children and young people are kept busy with a special climbing wall for the brave as well as falconry displays, storytelling, arts and crafts workshops, face painting, balloon modelling and live performances from musicians, magicians and street performers. Over 17 towns and cities throughout Ireland will take part in Irish Walled Towns Day celebrations supported by The Heritage Council.