“Give your child a special gift this year – the gift of bilingualism. Naíscoil & Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir. Saroideachas i gcroílár an phobail. Quality education in the heart of the community.” On the rear of Free Derry Corner.
“Justice for Gerry. No to Diplock courts. Stop the show-trial. Your support is needed.” Gerry McGeough was arrested in 2007 for the attempted murder of off-duty UDR soldier Sammy Brush. His trial took place in February, 2011 and republicans rallied to support him (Fb); he would be convicted and sentenced to 20 years, of which he would serve 2 (WP).
In July of 2010, Londonderry (or “Derry~Londonderry” as it would be styled) (BBC) was chosen as the first UK ‘city of culture’, with a programme of events taking place in 2013 (Culture NI). This Fountain mural shows a Union Flag United Kingdom and the shields of the four ‘home’ nations.
“One of Ireland’s major ports, thousands fled from here [Derry] to the Americas between 1845-1849 to escape the ravages and hardships brought about by the potato blight in the ‘Great Famine’ years.” “Timber salvaged from the docks on the river Foyle.” “Point of departure” i.e. the quay.
The coat of arms of Londonderry involves “the picture of death (or a skeleton) on a mossy stone & in the dexter point a castle” below the arms of the city of London. It is here joined by the flags of Britain, Scotland, and the crimson of the Apprentice Boys, as well as two cannons from the walls of Derry.