The Fid, James Street, Ballynally, Moville, inishowen, F93 YX40Ireland
The Fid Emigration Monument
The Fid Emigration Monument was unveiled during a ceremony on the 2nd of September 2009. The monument was designed by a well-known local artist from Derry, Locky Morris. It stands over 30 feet tall and over 3 feet wide and sits on the edge of the old pier in Moville
When the artist was visiting the Greencastle Maritime Museum he saw a ‘Fid’, which is a small handheld tool made from a piece of wood, it is used by fishermen for splicing ropes and nets and it was also used by sailmakers for opening holes in the sails without tearing the material.
Locky Morris’s sculpture both recollects the shape of a ‘Fid’ and the beacon flames lit on the hills of Inishowen to mark the passage down Lough Foyle of the emigrant ships. The monument represents Moville’s maritime history and the legacy which emigration has left on this town and community-generated by over one hundred years of emigration from Moville and Derry to the New Brunswick area of Canada and beyond.
The Moville Coastal Walk is very close to the monument and is very much worth going for a relaxing stroll on.
To read more about emigration from Moville and Derry Click here