One of the highlight events of Derry’s UK City of Culture celebrations is currently taking place with “The Return of Colmcille”.
The large-scale outdoor event has been scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of the Olympic opening ceremony.
Last night, a curragh which left Iona last month arrived in Derry, starting the two day event, which will see music and parades across Derry, culminationg in a huge outdoor spectacle tonight.
As a result, a number of road closures are in place.
St Columb’s Park will be closed to the public from 5pm today. People using the park during the afternoon are asked to leave the area in good time ahead of the closure.
The Peace Bridge will be closed this evening from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
Pump Street and London Street will be closed to vehicles between 8am and 6pm this evening. The rest of the city centre will be open to traffic as usual.
Queens Quay will be closed from 8.15pm to 11.30pm on this evening.
Foyle Embankment and Strand Road will be closed from 8.15pm to approximately 22.15pm this evening.
St Columb’s Road will be closed to vehicles between 4pm and 11.45pm today, with the exception of Browning Drive residents.
This evening The People’s Procession and the Showdown on the Foyle cannot be viewed from Ebrington Square or the eastern bank of the River Foyle and St Columb’s Park for reasons of audience safety and good sightlines and these areas will remain closed. The viewing areas for the public are located along Queen’s Quay and also for The Procession at Foyle Street and Strand Road.
A platform for wheelchair users is located in Queen’s Quay car park. The drop off point is by the Strand Road roundabout. Anyone requiring this facility is asked to contact 02871 360886 to give your name and contact details.
Foyleside and Quayside car parks will open late tonight but access will be restricted to them between 8.15pm and 11.30pm. A ‘Park and Stride’ facility is available at Fort George off the Strand Road which leaves approximately a 15-minute walk to the city centre.