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".
Dr Nuala McAllister Hart is a musician with a passionate interest in the history of Derry~Londonderry about which she has published widely. Her career has included university teaching, being a church organist and working for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She is married to philosopher Bill Hart who shares her love of music and theatre. They live just outside the city. She once appeared as a dancer in a Kathleen Watson Matinée Dansante in the Guildhall.