Branding Derry Londonderry 

Festivals, like Halloween, are great opportunities to get photos, which reinforce the brand identity of a destination. I love this image of the fireworks over the Nomadic and the Titanic signature building so this Halloween I tried to get some Halloween pics on my iPhone with the Derry Walls in them. The Walls Friends would love to see yours, so please share them with us! #

Main image courtesy of Nomadic Belfast

A very strong wall, excellently made and neatly wrought.

Near the end of 1618 Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the official Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland, had been appointed to survey the progress of the Ulster Plantation and specifically:

the Works and Plantation performed by the City of London in the City and County of London-Derry.

His report, dated 28th March 1619, provides the first official certification of the completeness of the Derry Walls:

The Cittie of London Derry is now compassed about with a verie strong wall, excellentlie made and neatlie wrought, beinge all of good lyme and stone.

This survey is supported by the first illustration of the complete city walls.


In 2019, the Friends of the Derry Walls will be marking the quadricentennial of Pynnar Survey and the first official certification of the completeness of the Derry Walls.  As a start-up charitable interest group, the Walls Friends  are looking for your support and your ideas to help us explore the legacy of one of Ireland’s most important national monuments.

Moments in Walls History #1

Shipquay Gate decked out with Union flags, White Ensigns and surprisingly a Stars and Stripes. A ceremonial arch visible on the quay adorned with initials of the King and Queen, Edward VII and Alexandra. The royal visitors came to the Guildhall on 28th July 1903. The royal yacht had disembarked them at Buncrana and they travelled to Derry by train, arriving at the Middle Quay Station. After lunch in the Guildhall, the royal party planted trees at Brooke Park before returning to Buncrana. The photograph could have been taken at 2.10pm and the fashionably-dressed men and women in the photograph appear to be dispersing? Phillips had a hoarding attached to the City Walls, advertising their pianos and music. Any information about the provenance of the photograph would be appreciated.