Gasyward Wall Féile

Baord on the back of Free Derry Corner for the ninth annual Gasyard Wall Féile (the first was in 1993). Lecky Road, Derry

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Murder In Mind

A small tribute to the Bloody Sunday dead on the 30th anniversary of the event: portraits of fifteen victims with two verses of a song “Murder In Mind”: “They came to our town, the Paras, with murder in mind//As people marched down from Creggan/Towards the Guildhall for civil rights/It was a cold but sunny day/No one could image what was in front of them that sunny day.//The Paras stood in William Street/Laughing and chatting and raring to go/To murder for king and crown/And for Ted Heath 10 Downing Street”.

For the memorial pillar itself, see these images from 1974, its inaugural year.

Rossville Street, Derry

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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.

Derry

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Bloody Sunday

This Bloody Sunday info board in Rossville Street, Derry, is directed at an international audience, being “dedicated to all those throughout the world who have struggled, suffered imprisonment and lost their lives in the pursuit of liberty, justice and civil rights” and focusing as much on the Widgery report (“branded a whitewash by human rights groups throughout the world”) and continued demands for justice as on the events of the day.

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Hegarty And Bradley

“On July 31st 2001 two tree were planted on the grounds of Sean Dolan‘s GFC to commemorate Daniel Hegarty (15) and Seamus Bradley (19) murdered by British Troops during Operation Motorman on July 31st 1972.” Both teens were from Creggan. It is alleged that IRA volunteer Bradley was taken away and tortured after being shot; calls for an inquiry continue (Derry Journal | Pensive Quill).

Bligh’s Lane, Derry

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RIRA – BCRF

Two armed and masked volunteers hold aloft an RPG, claiming “victory”, even though “our day” is still coming (tiocfaidh ar la). This is a crude version of the 1982 PLO -IRA mural in Belfast, but the direct ancestor of this board is the similar one – Victory – on the same road, Eastway, Derry, from 2000.

Please get in touch if you know what “BCRF” stands for. “CRF” (by itself) stands for “Catholic Reaction Force”. So, perhaps “Bogside Catholic reaction Force”? Or Bogside-Creggan Reaction Force” given the location?

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