In a bid to bring the world closer together, RTE is bringing back the 16 colonial candles.
The programme will see four iconic artefacts, which are believed to be the earliest surviving images of the world, brought together for a series of educational, cultural and educational events.
Each of the 16 artefacts will be a unique gift for a child or adult.
The 16 candles will be presented to children at the Museum of Irish Heritage in Dublin from June 5.
The project is the brainchild of the Derry-based RTE Foundation, which is run by Derry’s local historian, Dr Dermot Crouch.
It is being run in partnership with the Irish Museum of Ireland, and was supported by the State Department and the Irish Department of Culture and Tourism.
According to the Irish Heritage, each of the eight artefacts was originally commissioned by the late Earl of Dundrum.
The Derry and Dromore Castle is the largest of the two, the oldest surviving in the world.
It sits on a cliff in the south of Ireland.
The first colonial candle was the one given to the Earl of Kilmainham by his father in 1649.
The candle is thought to have been made by William Macdonald, a member of the King’s staff.
The other 16 candles were commissioned by Lord Kilmainborough, who is said to have used the candles to help educate the public about the Irish language.
The 16 Colonial Candles are part of a programme which will also see a collection of Irish craftsmen and artisans return to Derry for the second time in 20 years.
The programme will take place from June 10-14.