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The Diamond, St Columbs Cathedral, St Augustines Church

diamond war memorial derryErected in 1927, the Diamond War Memorial is located on The Diamond in the centre of Derry Northern Ireland.

It is dedicated to the citizens of the city who lost their lives while in military service during World War I.

A recent project demonstrated an almost equal number of Nationalist/Catholic and Unionist/Protestant names of residents listed.

The Diamond War Memorial was designed by siblings Sydney March (1876–1968) and Vernon March (1891–1930).   The monument was sculpted by one of the brothers, Vernon March, who, together with his siblings, was also responsible for monuments such as the National War Memorial of Ottawa. Vernon March also sculpted miniatures of the Diamond War Memorial that are housed within Saint Columb’s Cathedral in Derry (see below).

Attractions in and around the Diamond area are listed below.


St Columb’s Cathedral

Standing on such a prominent site within the far-famed “Derry’s Walls”, St Columb’s Cathedral is the City of Londonderry’s oldest building, having been completed in 1633. The Cathedral is a landmark, which speaks to citizen and visitor alike of much in the history of the City and represents a commodity of infinite spiritual value in the development of this area.

The Cathedral is widely recognised locally, nationally and internationally for its active promotion of ecumenical and bridge-building activities and this role is reflected in the regard in which the building is held as a religious venue which is acceptable to all sections of the community. http://www.stcolumbscathedral.org/

St-Augustines-Church-DerrySt Augustines Church

St Columb (St Columba, St Colmcille ) was born c 522 AD at Gartan, Co Donegal, came to Derry in 546 AD and founded a monastery in the area on the side of the hill of Derry where St Augustine’s Church now stands. St Columb had been a student of St Mobhi at Glasnevin, Dublin and he came back to Daire Calgach (the ancient Irish name for the area) when his cousin offered him land to build a church. At the time the area was covered with oak trees from which Derry gets its name i.e. Doire, the grove of the oaks. After he left Derry in 563 AD for the Scottish island of Iona he only returned to Ireland once in 575 AD to attend the Convention of Drumceatt which was held near Limavady, about 15 miles (24Km) from Derry. Tradition is that he died on 9th June, 597 AD and that day is still celebrated in the City of Londonderry.


apprentice-boys-memorial-hallApprentice Boys memorial Hall

The Apprentice Boys of Derry Museum and Exhibition is a permanent display of the history of the “Siege of Derry” and of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry located in the Memorial Hall.

Opened in 2007, the main part of the exhibition is the dedicated display space on the first floor. This presents the history of the Siege of Derry and explains the development of the Apprentice Boys Association and the background to the modern celebrations. On the ground floor there is a display space with exhibits from the more recent history of Londonderry and Northern Ireland.

In addition to the museum and exhibition, visitors can view one of the finest collections of meeting rooms used by the “Loyal Orders”. There is a separate room for each of the orders: Apprentice Boys of Derry, Orange Order, Women’s Orange and the Royal Black Institution.

Tour guides are on hand to answer any questions and give more in-depth explanations of our Association and history.


first-derry-free-presbyterian-churchFirst Derry Presbyterian Church

Some time after the lifting of the siege of Derry in 1689, a new Presbyterian meeting house was built within the walls, on the site that continues to be occupied by the present church. To assist with the building, Queen Mary provided a large donation in recognition of the sacrifices of Presbyterians in the defence of Derry.

The current First Derry Presbyterian Church was first opened in 1780, and is believed to be on the site of an earlier Presbyterian Church of 1690. The foundation stone of this earlier building can be found above the centre door, inscribed with the Roman numerals M.D.C.X.C (1690). In 1828 the pediment and cornices of Dungiven sandstone was added.

The church has recently been re-opened following a programme of works that has totally renovated the building.  Having been closed for a period of eight years, the church is once again being used as a place of worship.

Adjoining the Church is the refurbished Blue Coat School, now home to the The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre.  This new facility tells the history behind the Church, along with the history of Presbyterian’s in the city (and beyond) and the role they played in the great siege.


See below for some information regarding bars/restaurants within walking distance of the Diamond

O’ Diochan’s family run bar and restaurant Chamberlain Street.  Lunch for 2  for as little as £10.00


Our new Lyric Bar and Grill, “the home of loud food and tasty music” incorporates the eclectic music culture past and present within this wonderful city.

Live at the Lyric, quality music sessions to suit all taste buds. An experience not to be missed!

The Play House

The Award Winning The Playhouse is based in Artillery Street, Derry and was established by Pauline Ross in 1992 with a grant of just £300. Since then it has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading Award Winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres based on a neutral site with the city centre. It is a self-help, grass roots, bottom-up community development project which is people centre with charitable status.

The Playhouse comprises of a 175 Seat Theatre, an extensive Education and Outreach Department, a Dance Studio, a gallery and is home to several cultural/art based groups and tenants. The Playhouse filled (and continues to fill) a large gap in the provision of the arts in the North West.  It also is one of only a handful of venues commissioning, producing and touring theatre in the island of Ireland.

Whatever your needs, The Playhouse can provide you with a professional, efficient service for your event. For more details, please contact us on 028 7126 8027 or email us on: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


Blooms café

Blooms Cafe is the only cafe directly opening onto  the walls . We are situated right beside the double bastion , the home of Roaring Meg. As you walk from the Cafe to St Augustine’s you will be walking the original catwalk . The term catwalk comes from the Grand Parade when gentry used to promenade with their cats. As you look out over the Bogside and the famous murals towards the hills of Donegal you will see why this was such a famous promenade . If you look over towards the Longtower Church on the left you will see the hills described by the famous hymn writer Cecil Frances Alexander as the Green Hills Far Away. Blooms Cafe is truly at the heart of the City’s cultural trail.