A Colossus Of The Struggle

Two recent deaths are commemorated with stones placed next to Free Derry Corner in Rossville Street.

Barney McFadden was a Derry IRA and Sinn Féin activist, interned during the 70s and noted in later years for opposing criminal actions by republicans (Irish Times). He was described by Martin McGuinness at the funeral as “a colossus of the struggle” (An Phoblacht). In this video, he shares his memories of the Derry Gasyard.

John “Caker” Casey (1946-2000) painted the slogan “You are now entering Free Derry” in block lettering on the gable wall of 33 Lecky Road in August 1969, for the visit of Home Secretary Jim Callaghan. (The original graffiti version was done by Liam Hillen in January.) For a history of Free Derry Corner, see its Visual History page.

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

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