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Ulster History Circle to honour Derry's historical figures with blue plaques

Francis Ledwidge, an Irish soldier and poet who was killed in Belgium in 1916 was one of those nominated for the programme
Andrew Madden

COMMEMORATIVE blue plaques are to be erected in Derry in honour of several historical figures connected to the city.

The names were revealed in a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Business and Culture Committee this week, when the green light was given to the five-year programme.

The initiative is organised by the Ulster History Circle, a non-profit group that erects plaques at locations across the north in memory of those who have contributed to Ireland's history.

Francis Ledwidge, an Irish soldier and poet who was killed in Belgium in 1916, was one of those nominated for the programme. Another was Annie Russell Maunder, a Strabane-born astronomer and mathmatician who died in 1947.

Several figures with strong links to the Derry Feis were also nominated, including Mrs E.H. O'Doherty, who founded the Féis Dhoíre Cholmcílle and composer Dorothy Parke, whose compositions are still performed at the Feis in the city today.

The Ulster History Circle is also seeking approval for a plaque to be erected at the Tower Museum in memory of Mabel Remington Colhoun (1905-1992), an archaeologist and historian who was the subject of a recent exhibition at the museum.

There are currently 194 of the markers erected across the north, seven of which are in Derry. Each one costs £400 to install.

John Boyle, an SDLP councillor for the area, said it was "important to reflect upon the contribution of local people in various fields of endeavour".

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