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:

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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.



  1. Thanks Brigid for showing us this bridge. The Peace Bridge, I love the sound of that. Indeed a bridge over troubled waters and let us hope that mans humanity to man will shine through.
    A true symbol of hope.

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  2. I loved getting to see the bridge. I remember going over a Peace Bridge between Canada and the United States when I was a kid and being able to put one foot in each country.(Back before we needed a passport to go to Canada!)

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  3. What a powerful experience for you to walk this bridge. “I hope that our politicians can build new bridges through respectful communication, regardless of their differences…” and powerful words that we should take to the world not just in Ireland. Beautiful place. Thanks Brigid

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