Outing to Derry  
     
  Gt Victoria Street   On train   Coffee break   St Columb's Cathedral  
       
         

In June 2011 instead of travelling by coach we decided to travel by train to Derry making use of "Smart Passes". We had a full coach with 21 members from Armagh, Moira, Lisburn and Bangor joining at Great Victoria Street, a further 13 from Cregagh and Holywood joining at Belfast Central, 12 from Carnmoney and Cloughfern joining at Mossley West, and 8 from Portstewart and Killead joining at Coleraine. The final 5 met our train on arrival in Londonderry.

From the station we made our way on foot or by car to the Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Centre for a welcome cup of tea or coffee kindly organised by the Diocesan Secretary. Bishop Ken Good and Dean William Morton made us welcome before we proceeded to the newly renovated St Columbís Cathedral where final landscaping was being completed before the Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication for the Cathedral to be held on Thursday 9 June. The interior of the Cathedral looked magnificent after the work.

Our Service of Holy Communion was conducted by Bishop Ken Good assisted by Dean Morton and the CIMS Secretary, the Dean of Armagh, and Bishop elect of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Very Revd Patrick Rooke. Organ accompaniment for the hymns was provided by the Dean who climbed the spiral staircase to the organ loft at the appropriate times.

After the Service we proceeded to St Augustine's Parish Hall where the Ladies' Guild provided us with soup and sandwiches.

Derry Cathedral Holy Communion

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After lunch we were met by Martin McCrossan who took us on a whirlwind tour of the centre of Derry and the Walls. Martin has guided many famous people around the city and provides local and historical information in an entertaining manner.

The tour finished at the Guildhall where we were met by the recently elected Mayor, Maurice Devenney, who told how hopeful he was for the future of the City.

We then crossed the river to Brown's Restaurant for a delicious meal, very efficiently served to us by the staff.

During the meal a presentation was made to our General Secretary, the Very Revd Patrick Rooke, who will be leaving us when he is Consecrated as Bishop. Wilfred Young thanked him for his leadership and wished him well and presented him with a suitably inscribed picture containing a ceramic representation of Armagh's two Cathedrals.

After the meal we boarded the train for our return journey to Belfast.
Dean Rooke, Wilfred Young, Bishop Ken Good, Dean Morton
         
St Augustine's Hall Lunch in St Augustine's
         
  Tour at the Diamond   Wilfred Young, Dean Rooke and Mayor Devenney  
         
  Members with the Mayor  
         
  Presentation   Brown's Restaurant