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, long believed to be John "Caker" Casey, but who might have been Liam Hillen, painted graffiti on a gable wall at the end of a housing terrace 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 area in front of the wall became known as Free Derry Corner by the inhabitants. It and the surrounding streets were the scene of the Battle of the Bogside in 1969 and Bloody Sunday in 1972. The houses on Lecky Road and Fahan Street were subsequently demolished, but the wall was retained. It has been repainted at frequent intervals. As currently situated, it now lies in the central reservation of Lecky Road, which was upgraded to a dual carriageway sometime following the demolition of the original terraced houses.
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  • Interesting area enjoyed taking in the murals and reflecting on their place in history. Gives an insight to some of the causes of the Troubles. The desire for civil rights and equality. Well worth....  more »
  • This is one of many art muruals across derry. Great to see it and learn about the history around it, there are guided tours available but we just went down and looked and read about it ourselves.  more »
  • Go get a feel of history and enjoy the murals. Great information stations and in fairness the people real helpful and kind even if your house has tourists like me taking photos morning noon and night
  • It is amazing to be able to see history in such a direct and alive way. Very impressive but beautiful and interesting.
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