The Peace Bridge Crossing The River Foyle
The Peace Bridge spans the River Foyle in the city of Derry-Londonderry, in Northern Ireland.
It was opened on 25 June 2011, by the EU Commisioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn.
The First and deputy First Ministers for Northern Ireland – Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness, were in attendance, as well as the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
It was built with the intention of improving relations between the east bank of the Foyle – a largely unionist area, and the west side – a largely nationalist area.
The elegance of the architecture is striking, symbolising a huge handshake.
I walked along the Peace Bridge last week; and felt incredibly moved:
Stopping awhile I admired its beauty:
The energy that emanates from this striking feat of design, engineering and symbolism sent tingles down my spine.
The Irish Elections
The Peace Bridge is an inspiring symbol for the way forward after the results of Saturday’s Irish elections.
I hope that our politicians can build new bridges through respectful communication, regardless of their differences…
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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