The name Derry/ Londonderry comes from the old Irish word Doire, which means an oak grove. The London prefix was added in 1613 to reflect the involvement of the London Guilds in the construction of the City Walls.
A Christian monastery was founded in the sixth century by Irish saint Colmcille/Columba.
Brian Friel, The Undertones, Martin O’Neill and Dana are all from Derry/ Londonderry.
St. Columb’s College is the only secondary school in the world to produce two Nobel Prize winners (John Hume and Seamus Heaney).
During World War II Derry/ Londonderry was the United Kingdom’s most westerly port and consequently played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic.
When Amelia Earhart touched down near Derry/ Londonderry she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Derry/ Londonderry was the first city to be designated UK City of Culture.
The 1689 Siege of Derry lasted 105 days. The Walls were not breached.
Derry/ Londonderry’s city walls are the most complete of any city on the island of Ireland.
During the Potato Famine Derry/ Londonderry became one of the main exit ports for emigrants.
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