Derry Voices

Derry Voices

The official film produced to support the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 bid. The film was produced by the award winning arts organisation the Nerve Centre with contributions from Willie Doherty and Seamus Heaney. The film captures the vibrancy of the cityís cultural scene and gives voice and vision to the enthusiasm, passion and commitment with which the city has embraced the City of Culture bidding process.

Featured music by Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes.
Producer: Pearse Moore
Writer/Director: John Peto

A Nerve Centre Production for Derry City Council, Ilex, NI Screen, and Strategic
Investment Board.

Rathmullan Video

Video of seaside village of Rathmullan

Rathmullan is situated on the western shore of Lough Swilly and is renowned for its fabulous 3km long, tree lined, sandy beach. The village has a large pier and marina making it a popular spot for aquatic sports and fishing. There are 2 fully equipped boat available for charter from May to end of September. In the summer months a car ferry crosses Lough Swilly from Rathmullan pier on an hourly basis connecting to Inishowen’s largest town, Buncrana.

The local Golden Sands Equestrian Centre organises a range of horse riding activities. The village has a fine selection of restaurants and lively pubs. Hotels include Rathmullan House Hotel and Fort Royal while the newly opened Water’s Edge Restaurant offers superb seafood with unparalleled views across Lough Swilly.

The countryside surrounding the village is ideal for walking and the magnificent golf links at Portsalon is only a 20 min. drive away.

For more details about Rathmullan visit

The Homes of Donegal

Paul Brady sings the Homes of Donegal.

This song was written by Seán McBride in about 1955. Seán was a native of Cruit Island which is in the Rosses area of Donegal (West Donegal). He was a school Teacher at St.Baithins school in the Carrigans/St.Johnston area (East Donegal) for most of his life. Seán passed away at the age of 90 in August 1996 and is buried on Cruit Island.

Seán only wrote the lyrics, the actual air itself is maybe 150 or more years old. There are many songs around using the same melody, but to my ears the closest one is a song called “The Faughan Side”, This song was part of the Curriculum in national schools in East Donegal and as Seán was a Teacher in the “Laggan Valley” (South Inishowen) I’m pretty sure that is where he got his inspiration for the “Homes of Donegal”.

This version by Paul Brady is from his 1985 album “Back to the Centre”

Photos of Donegal by Paul Redmond

Photos taken in The Carrigart and Downings area by Paul Redmond

A trip around Donegal

A trip around the beautiful scenery of Donegal.