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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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  • Memorial to the activities during the time of "troubles". There is a park type area by it and there was a rally going on the day we were there.  more »
  • Tour the Free Derry Museum to better understand why this simple wall and these simple words are so amazing and important. I must have taken 10 pictures, just of this.  more »
  • It is not a masterpiece of architecture but it is a masterpiece of an era. A hard and harsh era of the conflicts between Protestant Loyalists (+British army and police) and the Catholic Nationalists. ...  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