This text contains papers presented at a special Symposium on Communications and Coding, held to celebrate the 60th birthday of Paddy Farrell on 25th January 1998. Professor Farrell has made a contribution to the fields of digital communications in general, and error control in particular, with many significant publications and invited papers. The themes of the Symposium reflected Farrell's interests, such as error control coding, encryption and sequence design, decoding of error control codes, signal processing in communications systems and communication systems and networks. The contributions represent different perspectives on the state-of-the-art in digital communications from international experts in the field. A comprehensive view of different aspects of digital communications is presented with in-depth treatment of the topics.