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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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  • A must see if you visit Derry, steeped in history of the troubles, take a waking tour to see the area including few derry corner and the murals and newly built museum  more »
  • My son has just completed some course work on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As we walked up Rossville Street and the Free Derry Corner he was able to explain a good overview of the events on Blood...  more »
  • Beeiden ruckend as here dealt with history and everything is kept alive. But also sad because of the story.
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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