Sports of Our Time

Spider Kelly family, Sports of Our Time
Tower Museum
Anton Hegarty family, Sports of Our Time
Tower Museum

The City and District of Derry and Strabane District Council is steeped in sporting history, from the Brandywell Stadium, which hosts Derry City Football Club to Celtic Park which is the premier GAA stadium in the city and county. We are also known for the boxing hero’s Spider Kelly, Charlie Nash and John Duddy as well as our athletic abilities, which can be seen in the careers of Jason Smyth, Paralympian or the career of Terry Watt, Veteran Judo Master who competed in the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Our Sporting Heritage Community Grant allowed us to create a Sports of Our Time exhibition, which opened on 30 September to celebrate our sporting heroes in all sports throughout our council area. We developed this exhibition by approaching families of the area’s sporting heroes and encouraging them and the public to share their stories through reminiscence sessions.

One family member of cross-country runner, Anton Hegarty, said, “it is great to know that Anton will be talked about for years to come through the images on the banner”.

The exhibition will be moving to The Alley Theatre in Strabane and will be displayed from 18 October for visitors to call in and take time to read the panels and possibly remember and chat about the sports that they grew up with.

We then plan to have it on display in the various sports centres in the Derry/Strabane area so that members of the public can appreciate the hard work in sports to reach the top and possibly learn something that they didn’t previously know.


For information on the Sports of Our Time exhibition contact:

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