North-west Ulster in the aftermath of the Great Famine – Breandán Mac Suibhne

7pm Wednesday 25th October 2017 Verbal Arts Centre

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 09.30.09Breandán MacSuibhne kicks off the Winter/Spring Lecture Series organised by the Friends of the Derry Walls. Breandán has a reputation for bringing important historical events to life through giving voice to the ordinary people who lived through those events. In his talk, he will discuss the situation in North-west Ulster in the aftermath of the Great Famine, drawing on the research he undertook for his latest publication “The End of Outrage”. The book will have its local launch, after Breandán’s talk, by History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets are free but the Friends of the Derry Walls would welome small donations on the evening to help cover event costs.

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Friends of the Derry Walls Winter/Spring Lecture Programme



Wednesday 25th October 2017


North-west Ulster in the aftermath of the Great Famine – Breandán Mac Suibhne

Details above.

Talk 7pm  Verbal Arts Centre

Thursday 30th November 2017

william-roulston-imageThe origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley- William Roulston

Talk 7pm Venue to be confirmed.

Dr William Roulston is Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds a PhD in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast. He has written a number of books, including Fermanagh: History and Society (edited with Eileen Murphy, Dublin, 2004), Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (Belfast, 2005), Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (Dublin, 2007), Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish: a history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900 (Strabane, 2010) and Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court(Belfast, 2014). Dr William Roulston is a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Saturday 9th December 2017


Architecture of the Walled City – Mark Lusby

Walking Tour 10-12.30pm including coffee break

Mark Lusby has recently started  a post graduate research studentship at Queen’s University Belfast where he will looking at contested narratives and use of these narratives in the conservation and regeneration of fortifications. Since 2011, Mark has been coordinator for the Friends of the Derry Walls and prior to that worked for 25 years in urban and rural development projects in England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Thursday 15th February 2018

Image,63155,enUnderstanding the Archaeology of the Walled City- Sarah Gormley

Talk 7pm Venue to be confirmed.

On completion of her undergraduate degree, Sarah was employed within the School of Archaeology and Palaeoecology as a researcher and undertook a number of post-excavation and research projects. In 2004 Sarah completed an MPhil degree, with a dissertation on The Phasing and Dating of the Timber Circle Complex, Ballynahatty, Co. Down. Sarah has subsequently undertaken Phase 2 of the Condition and Management Survey of the Archaeological Resource for Northern Ireland, a project which assessed the survival and condition of 1500 sites and monuments. She has directed excavations at St Thomas’ Church, Rathlin Island and St Elizabeth’s Church, Dundonald, Co. Down and has completed landscape and heritage surveys of the Belfast Hills and the Ballygroll prehistoric burial landscape.

Thursday 8th March 2018

AnnaleighWalls400 History Lecture – 1618-2018 Year of the Surveyor

Mapping the Plantation City – Annaleigh Margey

Talk 7pm Venue to be confirmed.

Lecturer in History


  • Early Modern British and Irish History
  • Mapping during the Irish Plantations: 1550 – 1636
  • The 1641 Depositions
  • The Property and Charity of the Clothworkers’ Company

Saturday 14th April 2018

Watermarked(2017-06-17-1541)Coach trip to Northern Ireland’s Other Walled Town- Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Town Walls, Museum and Castle.

Saturday 8th September 2018

Walls400 – 1618-2018 Year of the Surveyor

Derry Walls Day

Spring 2018

Investing of the 2018 Derry Walls Junior Wardens

Summer 2018

Archaeological excavation on the Banking

Friends of the Derry Walls Programme for 2019

7th-9th March 2019

Walls400 1619-2019 History Conference

Sat 31st August & Sat 14th September 2019

Walls400 1619-2019 Derry Walls Days

Other events to look out for.

City of Derry International Choir Festival

Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th October 2017

Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 07.32.44As well as evening concerts in the main venues, St Columb’s Hall and the Glassworks, you can experience the festival through Choral Trails, taking place in venues across the city throughout the weekend,  and through the Sacred Trail, taking place in churches on Sunday morning. Details at

Awakening the Walls  

Saturday 28th – Monday 30th October 2017


Light, fire, sculpture, music and performance rouse the Walls awake in a supernatural animation trail on and around the City Walls. Details at Derry Strabane Halloween