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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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  • I am a huge fan of History and this is a must see. I would recommend that one read up on Ireland's recent history to put relevance to this area of Derry. Many murals and the Bloody Sunday memorial are...  more »
  • overrated. Not much to see here. Much else to see in Derry. The murals are OK. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. 
  • With a Palestinian flag raised above it, this gable end still stands though the houses around it have been knocked down long ago. A lasting symbol of what Derry was like in the bad old days, thankfull...  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