new-project-promotes-divided-derry-areasA new tourism project has been created to promote the Fountain and Bishop Street areas of Derry.

The initiative involves a website, app and new signage which tells the story of the two areas which are divided by a ‘Peace Wall’.

The project is being managed by local tour guide Mickey Cooper from the Gasyard Trust.

He explained the rationale behind the initiative.

“Over the last few years the Gasyard Trust has been working in conjunction with the Peace Walls project to develop a range of initiatives to promote co-operation between residents of the Bishop Street and Fountain areas,” said Mr Cooper.

“One such initiative has been to develop the heritage and tourism potential of the two areas to draw visitors to the City Walls and Bogside into the two areas.

“Funding provided last year by OFMDFM and the Housing Executive has allowed us to develop a range of products and outputs including a new visitor attractions brochure and book chronicling the development of both areas.

“In the last few weeks we have uploaded a new interactive website and app which provides a huge amount of visitor information including where to eat, drink and shop, visitor attractions, historical trails and archive materials.

“The website and app aims to develop the economic capacity of the Carlisle Road, Bishop Street and Waterloo Street/William Street areas by highlighting the vast choice of cafes, pubs, accommodation and retail stores to both locals and especially visitors to the city.”

Mr Cooper said they have also completed the installation of a large number of new tourist orientation signs located at strategic points in both areas which focus on the shared history of the Fountain and Bishop Street.

“The signage includes information on the early history of both areas including their monastic connections, the plantation, the siege, industrial heritage and the impact of the War of Independence, the two world Wars and the modern conflict on both areas.

“They also contain information on a range of famous names with links to the areas including the Undertones, Phil Coulter, Gary Lightbody and many more.

“The signs are deliberately positioned to direct visitors to all the key attractions and historical sites in the Fountain and Bishop Street areas.

“The book has already proved extremely popular with local residents of both areas and also with tourists who have been buying copies at the Derry tourist office, the Museum of Free Derry, the Gasyard Centre and Easons book store.”

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