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County Derry is one of Northern Ireland's most northerly counties. It is bordered by Donegal, Tyrone and Antrim. Derry derives its name from the Irish word doire, meaning oak grove, particularly an oak grove on an island totally or partly surrounded by water or peat bog. In early years, the area was called "Doire Colmcille", as St.Colmcille founded a monastery there in the 6th century.
The beautiful Sperrin Mountains in Derry are close to the towns of Strabane, Dungiven, Magherafelt and Newtownstewart. A section of the range drops south towards Omagh over the Owenkillew river. The blossoms of the gorse, smelling like coconut will stay in perpetual flower during mild winters. The poet, Seamus Heaney, grew up on the edge of the Sperrins and they no doubt provided inspiration for some of his work.
Derry is Ireland's only walled city and a very good base from which to explore the northeast of Ireland. There are several excellent hotels in Derry. The area around Limavady was once important for linen-manufacturing and the town's claim to fame is that the song "Danny Boy" or the "Londonderry Air" was composed here by Jane Ross.
The roads are excellent, with miles of motorway and dual carriageway, and you are never much more than half an hour from the sea. Derry has plenty of beautiful beaches including those at the picturesque seaside town of Portstewart. The minor roads are well signposted and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic. During the summer you will hear marchers with their pipes and drums as they display their banners on the way to festivals.
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