St Columb’s Hall has been an intrinsic piece of the cultural, architectural and historic fabric of Derry City since 1886.
Located on the East Wall of the city’s historic Walls, it was originally built by the St Columb’s Hall Total Abstinence Society as part of the Temperance movement. The building was designed by Messrs Croome and Toye and cost a total of £8,000 to erect; it was formally opened on the 1st of November 1888 by Reverend Dr O’Donnell.
St Columb’s Hall has welcomed some of the world’s most iconic performers and notaries including Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst who campaigned for women’s right to vote in a keynote speech at St Columb’s Hall in 1910; Roy Orbison, Chubby Checker and Val Doonican who performed at the Hall in the 1960’s; comedians including Jimmy Carr, and Frank Carson; and many more. Now undergoing a modern renaissance, St Columb’s Hall is a multi-use entertainment and conference venue.