Two Hours From London



County Donegal, Derry, Grianán of Áilígh, Limavady, Lough Foyle, Magee




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22min 31sec




British Film Institute, Irish Film Archive, Peter Mc Donald, Terence Mc Donald

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Picturesque travelogue around County Derry.

Breathing history from every stone, Derry is the gateway to the North West of Ireland and a place of outstanding natural beauty. Come and see for yourself.

Walk the walls that have withstood three sieges. Formed in 546 A.D. and situated on the banks of the River Foyle, Derry is one of the oldest remaining walled cities in Europe. It is a destination boasting every facility the contemporary tourist could want. Georgian grandeur in the city is a stone’s throw from the pastoral beauty of the North West. But watch out, shark fishing is not for the squeamish.



Two Hours from London was produced by two Derry teachers, celebrated filmmaker Terence Mc Donald and John Hume, future leader of the SDLP and winner of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for his pivotal role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. The film plucks out highlights from the city's rich, multilayered story, from its pivotal, but little heralded role in WWII to the cultural life for which it is famed. 


A Fairview Films Production for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Produced and Directed by Terence Mc Donald

Produced by John Hume

Narrated by Gerry Wills

Music written by Redmond Friel

Music perfomed by James MacCafferty

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage



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