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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 to visit, and now the museum is open, that you see the history of derry
  • The Free Derry Corner and the walls painting around are like a fantastic open air history museum. I liked very much!
  • Amazing history with people willing to give you their political views in a friendly manner.
  • Pretty much what you see on TV
  • Neat area with lots of large format political murals. Seeing these is a great way to get an idea of the historic conflict that has taken place.

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Where to stay in Derry

Derry, or Londonderry, town center is a lively place to stay. Although the town itself suffered during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the center stayed safe and has thrived. Consider an inn in the town center, perhaps a building painted with one of the well-known murals. less expensive hotels are available just outside the town's central area, close enough to the main attractions for convenient access.
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