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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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  • Wandered around Derry for a lot of afternoon. This was good to see and easy to stand there and read the information - with traffic whizzing away around outside.  more »
  • At a busy junction - the remnants on the terraced houses. Popular photo stop and appears to be starting point for many community activities.  more »
  • Not a huge fan of murals but we see this one quite often as we drive in that area, it is part of the history of this great city so it is worth going to see  more »
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  • Great place for tourist lots of history here with Daily tours explaining everything !
  • 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.
  • Love it here great time here
  • Nicely restored. Good for photos. Interesting history, though frequent references to army "murders" unbalanced. Museum temporarily relocated
  • Local pub in historic place to watch football