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Free Derry Corner, Derry

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Free Derry Corner is a historical landmark in the Bogside neighbourhood of Derry, Northern Ireland, which lies in the intersection of the Lecky Road, Rossville Street and Fahan Street. A free-standing gable wall commemorates Free Derry, a self-declared autonomous nationalist area of Derry that existed between 1969 and 1972. On the corner is a memorial to the 1981 hunger strikers and several murals. There is also a memorial to those who died engaging in paramilitary activity as part of the Provisional IRA's Derry brigade.

In January 1969 a local activist, John \"Caker\" Casey, painted a sign on a gable wall stating: \"You are now entering Free Derry\". When the British Home Secretary, Jim Callaghan, visited Derry in August 1969, the \"Free Derry\" wall was painted white and the \"You are now entering Free Derry\" sign was professionally re-painted in black lettering. The houses on Lecky Road and Fahan Street were subsequently demolished, but the wall was retained. It has been repainted at frequent intervals.

The square became known as Free Derry Corner by the inhabitants.
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  • Although of recent historical interest, we found this area of Londonderry intimidating and frightening. It is very sad that today's generation cannot get over their history and learn to get along with...  read more »
  • A visit to Derry's Bogside is a must for all visitors, this is a very historic location in Derry City, during the Troubles of the past the Catholic population of The Bogside were always under threat o...  read more »
  • Pop by in the car for a look. Amazing murals depicting the struggle and oppression caused by the British. 
  • Take this in along with one of the walking/taxi tours on offer. We did the Bogside history tour. It was led by a son of one of the victims of Bloody Sunday. It was emotional, hard-hitting and from the heart! The tour guide was excellent at bringing to life this period of recent history and the impact on everyone involved.
  • A must see when visiting Derry. Iconic.
  • Beautiful wall murals which tell a great history
  • Loved it here!
  • Go on home, TAL
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