The "Hands Across the Divide" Monument at Derry or officially Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
The "Hands Across the Divide" statue in Derry (Londonderry), created in 1992 by local sculptor Maurice Hannon,
symbolizes Catholics and Protestants reaching out to one another in Northern Ireland. Since the 17th century, Derry or officially Londonderry has had two cultural traditions: Catholic and Protestant, Irish and Ulster Scots. During the Troubles, this became a big problem. The city became best known for tragedies like "Bloody Sunday", and so most tourists stayed away. Yet since the start of the peace process, Londonderry has been transformed. It's rediscovered its rightful role as a cultural destination, and its dual heritage has become an asset, rather than a source of strife.
It's a fascinating place, where several centuries overlap.
Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Daire or Doire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and the "London" prefix was added, changing the name of the city to Londonderry. While the city is more usually known as Derry,
Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.