St Columba's Treasure Hunt

LegenDerry Quest for Walled City Treasure

In one of his first events as Mayor, Cllr Colum Eastwood will mark St Columba Day by launching If Stones Covld Speake ~ The Walled City Treasure Hunt, a photographic treasure hunt competition involving buildings and structures from around the historic Walled City. A treasure hunt inspired by 16-year old student Ryan Lusby's book of the same name.

Speaking about the event in the Verbal Arts Centre, the Mayor congratulated Lusby on the publication of his book containing 101 photographs of architectural details which form the basis of a treasure hunt.

'One of the key priorities of my year in office will be to highlight the unique creativity of our young people and this project is an excellent example of the deep well of talent in the city and region,' noted Eastwood. 'The book can be used by local people and tourists alike. Families, in particular, will have lots of fun exploring the Walled City, looking for our architectural treasures and learning more about their heritage.

'As the prize for the treasure hunt is a gold acorn, it is particularly appropriate that Ryan has chosen to launch the competition on St Columba's Day.'

Asked about his book, Limavady Grammar School pupil Lusby explained, 'This a treasure hunt with a difference. There are no cryptic clues to solve and the prizes are real treasures which have been specially commissioned for this competition. The winners will win an 18 carat Gold Acorn and five Silver Oak Leaves. This is definitely not an armchair treasure hunt - the competition will encourage individuals, families, schools and youth groups to explore their city and discover their shared built heritage.'

The Treasure Hunt competition will run for 12 months with a sustained marketing campaign targeting local residents, Irish Diaspora in Britain, North America, Australia and New Zealand as well as the key tourism markets of Germany, France, South Africa and Japan. The Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland are helping to promote the project in Britain and in international markets.

Copies of If Stones Covld Speake can be purchased from Derry Tourist Information Centres.