Thursday Doors – Derry

In March we paid a visit to our family in Derry, Northern Ireland, and this time I made sure I took some photos of the Guildhall. The construction of this beautiful building began in 1887 and it opened in July 1890. It was damaged by fire in 1908 with only the clock tower surviving intact. The rest of the building was re-built and renovated after the fire and re-opened in 1912.


The many stained glass windows of the Guildhall recount the history of  Derry city from earliest times to the very recent past. *


This is just a small sample of the beautiful mosaic floor throughout the hall.


Here’s a few more shots of the building, including some nice ironwork.

We were in Cavan working on our little house and our daughter invited us to stay overnight with them in Derry. As we were only an hour and a half’s drive away – instead of the usual 6 hours – we said we’d love to. By that stage we had been knocking walls and clearing rubble for two days and felt a break was in order. On the Sunday, we all went into Derry city to visit the museum (next week I’ll put those photos up) and when the grandchildren were being brought home, our daughter suggested we stay on and have a look around an exhibition that they had already been to. Little did we know it was a ploy to keep us out of the house – there was something they needed to do before we got back.


Yes, it was our wedding anniversary and we had both forgotten all about it. In fact, it was our 40th. Once we had seen the exhibition (it was about the Spanish Armada) we had a quick cup of coffee and headed back to the family. I was feeling guilty about not spending time with them as we live so far away and don’t get to visit too often. Our granddaughter was in the middle of baking something and I offered to give her a hand but she said it was for a school project so must do it herself. I hung out in the kitchen with my daughter and granddaughter, not particularly interested in the rugby match being watched on tv by Mr. R. and our son-in-law in the sitting room.

How was I to know the girls were desperately trying to get me out of the kitchen so they could bake and ice that cake? After all, both Mr. R. and myself were oblivious to the fact that we were forty years married that day. My granddaughter eventually asked me to help her with some homework in the sitting room (while her mother iced the cake). I did wonder why she needed me to correct her spelling, as she had spellcheck on the laptop she was using. A little while later, the cake was brought into the room and we still didn’t realize what it was for – they actually had to tell us! That’s the effect a house renovation can have on you, imagine forgetting your 40th wedding anniversary. 😮

Source * Museum in Glass

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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58 Responses to Thursday Doors – Derry

  1. Congrats on your 40th and a family that wouldn’t let you forget such a milestone. 🙂 Nice doors too. 🙂

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  2. oglach says:

    The story of your anniversary is even more beautiful than the photos.

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  3. How lovely. Congratulations!

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  4. Jackie says:

    Congrats, we’re almost at 40…39 together!
    I was born in Ireland but it’s been a while since we visited the North as we tend to go to Dublin where there is still family.

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    • Thanks, Jackie. I hope one of you remember your 40th when it comes around. 🙂 We have family in Dublin, too. I love to go there whenever I get the chance, it’s a great city.


  5. A great building, a great story, and a great accomplishment these days! 🙂 A belated happy anniversary and may you be blessed with many more happy, healthy years together.


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  6. Sherry Felix says:

    Love the rust colored stone. Great doors.

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  7. conspicari says:

    What a lovely looking building, those mosaic’s are fantastic. 40 years, wow well done. :>)

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  8. We didn’t make it to northern Ireland, so will put this beautiful building on our next trip’s ‘must see’ list.

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  9. Vicky says:

    What a wonderful surprise! Congratulations on your 40 years together…

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  10. Wonderful! Happy anniversary!

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  11. joey says:

    Happy 40th Anniversary! 🙂 What a SWEET gesture!
    Love the amazing building, so detailed! Fabulous tile and stone and art glass!

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  12. The building is wonderful! So grand, as is making it to your 40th wedding anniversary!! Congratulations!!! What a wonderful story, and memories you’ll have of this one.

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    Happy Anniversary Jean! What a wonderful way to celebrate it together with family 😀
    And Guildhall is just stunning. Thanks for sharing those impressive shots with us.

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  14. jesh stg says:

    Haha, now your “kids” and grands baked the cake ,we all can say a belated anniversary to you!! You are only five years behind us:)
    The building is beautiful! The rebuilding took 22 years, but it worth it! Do you know if the stained glass windows are the original ones? I see the crests – probably so, eh?

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    • Many of the stained glass widows are original, Jesh. They were donated by various guilds in London – like the ‘company of musicians’ and ‘the company of glaziers’ in 1912 and 1913 and at later dates by others. A bomb blast destroyed some of them in the 1970’s but they were carefully restored and repaired. Since the peace process, Northern Ireland is a very safe place to visit and there’s lots to see there, too.


      • jesh stg says:

        Wow, how nice that the windows were donated. I forgot about guilds (it’s more of a European concept).
        “Since the peace process…” what are you referring to? I figured N-Ireland is a safe place. London maybe a different story now?

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        • The conflict in Northern Ireland between Nationalists (mostly Catholic) and Unionists (mostly Protestant) is often referred to as ‘The Troubles’ and at the time parts of the North were not very safe places to live. Even in Dublin, bombs went off (I almost got caught up in one in my teens). It’s because the six counties of the north were not included with the rest of Ireland when the country gained Independence from Great Britain. There has always been controversy over that. Religion played a part in dividing the people but politics and terrorism rode on it’s back – as happens so much in conflicts around the world today. The IRA cease-fire of 1994 and peace process culminated in The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 and there is no worries about safety there anymore. Tourism has picked up tremendously.


          • jesh stg says:

            Thanks for the explanation, Jean. I knew vaguely that there was a war going on when Ireland wanted to gain independence from England, but I didn’t know the exact reasons. And wow, the cease fire was not that long ago (for us).
            Hope that the Troubles between the Catholics and Protestants have vanished to0, or are these two parties at the present time avoiding each other?

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  15. slfinnell says:

    Happy Anniversary! Celebrating our 30th tomorrow night at a theatre in Kansas City. Hubby bought tickets to see my fav singer 🙂 Ain’t love grand???

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  16. tessbloggs says:

    Congratulations on 40 years of marriage! All the best 🙂

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  17. Susi Lovell says:

    What fun! So funny that you didn’t notice them trying to get you out of the kitchen! Congratulations. And what a beautiful building.

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  18. graceunc says:

    the important question is, what kind of cake was it? and congratulations on your 40th anniversary! i’ve never done anything for 40 years…kevin and i just celebrated our 10th anniversary last year.

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  19. msgt3227 says:

    So happy for you on your 40th Anniversary!! And I agree with Grace, what kind of cake WAS it? It looks fantastic!!!

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  20. Happy 40th! Great door photos and heart-warming anniversary celebration story!

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  21. Pistachios says:

    Aww what a lovely story! It’s a good thing your family remembered – you might’ve gotten to your 41st anniversary and wondered what happened to the 40th 😀

    I’m always impressed by buildings like this with so much careful detail. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. jorgekafkazar says:

    I didn’t laugh out loud, but I did laugh. Amusing, as always. Many more for you!

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  23. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful doors – Happy anniversary, Jean.

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  24. sydspix says:

    Cute blog – and nice family! Sounds like fun and a nice place to visit.

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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    This was a full post – gorgeous historical building, doors, cake, 40th anniversary, drama and intrigue trying to keep it a surprise … congratulations! For all of it 🙂

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  26. This is lovely. 🙂 To many happy years ahead!

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