Treasure hunters win prizes

Ald. Hilary McClintock, Mayor, and Cecilia McCole, Sandwich Co, presenting the First Prize in the Derry Walls Day Treasure Hunt to Patrick Rooney. Watching are his parents, Hilary and Jimmy Rooney, and Niall McCaughan and Anne McCartney, Friends of the Derry Walls. Photocredit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.
Ald. Hilary McClintock, Mayor, and Cecilia McCole, Sandwich Co, presenting the First Prize in the Derry Walls Day Treasure Hunt to Patrick Rooney. Watching are his parents, Hilary and Jimmy Rooney, and Niall McCaughan and Anne McCartney, Friends of the Derry Walls. Photocredit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

The Mayor, Ald. Hilary McClintock, presented local shopping vouchers to the winning teams from the Swordsmith’s Treasure Hunt, part of Derry Walls Day 2016 which had taken place earlier this year.

The hunt had been organised by the Friends of the Derry Walls to unpack another quadricentennial story about the building of the Derry Walls between 1613-1618.

The Prizewinners of the Derry Walls Day Treasure Hunt are congratulated by Ald. Hilary McClintock, Mayor, and Cecilia McCole, Sandwich Co. The winning groups were the Masolivers, Conn, Wong-Lin and Rooney families. Also included in the photograph are Niall McCaughan and Anne McCartney, Friends of the Derry Walls. Photocredit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

The Prizewinners of the Derry Walls Day Treasure Hunt are congratulated by Ald. Hilary McClintock, Mayor, and Cecilia McCole, Sandwich Co. The winning groups were the Masolivers, Conn, Wong-Lin and Rooney families. Also included in the photograph are Niall McCaughan and Anne McCartney, Friends of the Derry Walls. Photocredit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

Chairperson of the Walls Friends, Niall McCaughan, thanked all of the community and civic museums and arts venues around the Walls who had hosted the Swordsmith’s Treasure Hunt: “The Derry Walls Day Treasure Hunt has become a feature within the events calendar and it provides an opportunity to sample the cluster of venues which help interpret and animate the city walls.”

Derry Walls Day 2017 was made possible by help from the Derry Walls Volunteers and financial assistance from both the Department for Communities NI and the Heritage Council of Ireland.

Secretary of the Walls Friends, Dr Anne McCartney, added: “The support of the national heritage agencies in both Belfast and Dublin demonstrates the significance of the Derry Walls in the cultural heritage inventory of the whole island.

“It is equally important for us to be able to demonstrate local support for our ambitions for the Derry Walls and we were delighted that the Sandwich Co volunteered to be our corporate sponsor for 2016.”

Cecilia McCole of the Sandwich Co helped Mayor McClintock to present the prizes.

The Friends of the Derry Walls would be delighted to speak to any business or organisation interested in becoming the corporate sponsor for 2017.

Contact details can be found on www.thederrywalls.com

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The Derry Walls define the ‘old town’ quarter at the heart of the modern city of Londonderry.

As well as the cluster of civic and community museums, the historic Walled City also has some of Ireland’s most creative and innovative arts venues.

General tourist information is available from Visit Derry at www.visitderry.com