Derry Genealogy Tours

The Walls Of Derry

Derry also known as Londonderry when it received sponsorship in the 1600s by the London City and Guilds after it was granted a Royal Charter by King James, has a vast History from the 6th Century when St Columba first set a monastery on this beautiful City. The name Derry is an Anglicisation of the Old Irish name Daire meaning “oak grove”. The old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by two road bridges and one footbridge. The city now covers both banks (City side on the west and Waterside on the east).  The siege of Derry 1688-89 lasted 105 days was a catalyst for the Battle of The Boyne in 1690 in County Meath. (see our Historical County Meath Tour)

It was one of the major deportation Ports for people in the Northern half of the Island for Centuries and in particular the great Famine of 1845-50. (see our Historical Derry City Tour)

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Doherty, MacLaughlin,O ‘Cahane, O’Donnell
•          Norman- None
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Derry – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      City Walls of Derry
·      St Columba’s Cathedral
·      The Guildhall
·      Port of Derry
·      Ulster American Folk Park
·      Port of Derry and the Famine memorial
·      Peace Bridge
·      The Bogside Artists