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Peace Bridge, Derry/Londonderry Maximum Card
Stamp: Peace Bridge River Foyle issued 5 March 2015
Card: Peace Bridge, Londonderry - GC Photographics, photo by Gavan Connolly
Postmark: First Day of Issue, Bridge 5.3.2015
The Peace Bridge is a cycle and footpath bridge across the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened on 25 June 2011, connecting Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre. It is the newest of three bridges in the city, the others being the Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Bridge.
The bridge is 235 metres (771 ft) long, and is intended to improve relations between the largely unionist 'Waterside' with the largely nationalist 'Cityside', by improving access between these areas, as part of wider regeneration plans. The bridge also provides a crossing over the railway line approaching Waterside station.
Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Daire or Doire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and the "London" prefix was added, changing the name of the city to Londonderry. While the city is more usually known as Derry, Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.